Lawn renovations


LawnSite Senior Member
S. Jersey
I'll be estimating a lawn renovation for a level 3900 s.f. commercial property soon. I'll be testing the soil, "round- up" the weeds (which makes up the entire area), thatching, aerating, fertilizing, and liming. Who has a concrete way of estimating this type of project?


LawnSite Silver Member
First off, don't forget about seeding or sodding!! Thatching, Fertilizing and Aerating a lawn full of round-up won't grow you the best grass!!<p>You should estimate anyjob you do the same. By the hour.<p>You should know your overhead cost per hour, add that to your profit per hour, plus wages per hour, plus mat'ls, etc. Estimate like you would a regular lawn maintenance job, break it down and add it all up.<p>If you mean how you know how much time it will take, depends how fast you and your workers are, and on the quality and size of your equipment.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&quot;Guido&quot;&lt;/a&gt;<br>David M. Famiglietti


Millenium Member
The area is small and I would bid by sq ft. I recommend using an arevator if at all possible. When you use round-up and kill all of the grass, you obviously have nothing. When you plug with an aerator the grass will mainly grow thin with the plug pattern, I call this a &quot;Hair Club for Men&quot; lawn. Using an aeravator and apply seed at 3 pounds per 1000 before and after the aeravation will grow a thick lawn with no pattern to it. I've used this for 3 years now and have had great results. Below are photos of a lawn I killed with round-up and renovated, $45.00 per 1000 sf, it was 6500 sf so I billed $292.50. Supplies were 40 pounds seed and starter, so you can see my cost was around $65.00 and it took about 1.5 hours total, or $151.00 per hour. Today the lawn is still the nicest on the street, even with the drought.<br>


Millenium Member
Ha Ha Ha...I don't maintain the lawn, I just renovated the lawn, not the scrubs, I mean shrubs! I mowed it the first time for the photo and as a thank you to the customer. The blades are sharp gator blades mowing at 4&quot;, in tall fescue.<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: KirbysLawn

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