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Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Joana Williams, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    We just did a leaf removal for this client and they are asking a price to fix their lawn and grow grass.

    I figured they would need some top soil installed for some low spots in the lawn. Some premium seed, aeration and a .25" compost top dressing & remove the moss.

    Any suggestions?

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  2. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 889

    The way I see it, you are going to need to tell them that it will need seeding in the spring AND again in the fall...CYA.

    normally I do not like to do spring seeding in full sun areas unless it is absolutely necessary which appears to be your case. I would also apply a starter fertilizer at the same time. Some on your might tell you to hold off for six weeks before fertilizing. I always apply a starter fertilizer when I’m seeding a lawn. Since you live in New York, I’m guessing you’re going to need a license to apply the fertilizer, definitely so if you are applying any type of pesticide.

    finally, make sure you leave adequate watering instructions and cutting guidelines unless you’re the one that’s doing the cutting
     
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    Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Do you think top dressing the entire lawn lightly worth it with top soil? Or just work with existing soil
     
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  4. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 15,587

    Get a soil test first to see what type of soil you're working with. Amend as needed.

    I don't do spring seeding...I explain what will most likely happen with spring seeding and offer zero guarantees on it.

    Depending on soil samples the basics would be slit seed with a light overseeding with top dressing with an aerating and heavy overseeding in fall. More may be needed depending on the soil test results.

    Give them a detailed watering schedule, and a mowing schedule.
     
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    Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Any soil test kits you recommend? I've been trying to look for a good one, but I always find a lot of bad reviews or problems.
     
  6. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
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  7. CCangler

    CCangler LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 11

    +1 on sending it out to a University. Gives you much more information than many of the home kits. Tested a few lawns maybe 5 years ago with the full nutrient kits available locally to see if they were useable in a pinch if time was an issue but all came back mildly different than the UMass report and generally 10 dollars ish more expensive.

    A lot of it’s money benefits come from doing it for fert customers but definitely would use it for this as well. You’ll get macro and micro nutrient levels, salts, Ph, CEC. Just no moisture levels since atleast UMass asks it comes dried. Cornell would probably be a good start closer to you for a college that does them.
     
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  8. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Agreed, definitely check out your local county or city extension offices for the soil test.
     
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