New Lawn Install

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lawnut101, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Haven't done this big of a property before. It's about 80,000ft2. Dirt and grade was already done last fall. Just needs to be gone over with a Harley rake, and some low spots filled in. I'm figuring up to 100 yds to fill in areas. There is minor tilling, maybe 10,000ft2, but the soil looks to be decent in that area. I will need to rent a Harley rake, and straw blower if I want to go about it that way. Without dirt, this option is looking to be around $5,317.65 with profit included.

    Hydroseeding is another option, but I may just sub that out as I would have to rent the hydroseeder. That option would be a little closer to $1,000 more.

    Do these prices sound fairly reasonable?

    Thank you
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    If they said the area was levelled last Fall, then I would just loosen the surface and level that, rather than bring in more dirt... I would slit seed 2 directions and soak it all down good... no straw unless you're on a bad slope...
    Is the frost out of the ground by you???
  3. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I looked at it, and it was definitely graded well. Sounds like a good idea to me. The guy was worried that if we slit seeded it, that he would have rows that he could see. I think I will propose this to him, as it is not as much fooling around.

    The frost is mostly out of the ground finally. So far we got in 2 cleanups, picked up most of the snow plow markers and picked up a skid steer from its' jobsite. Other than that, the ground is too wet (obviously you're in WI) to do any work. I'm thinking we are maybe 2-3 weeks out from being able to do most cleanups it looks like.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Those little rows should quickly disappear once the grass gets growing,,, but you could run over it twice in different directions with 1/2 seed rate each time...
    I was digging around in my full sun raised beds and hit frost 4" down... I've gotten started on cleanup but probably no work today with rain...
  5. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Thank you for your help. Got the job.

    We have finally been able to start doing cleanups / tree work on a fairly consistent basis. It's been a tough year finding workers so far. Hope you are doing better in that category.
  6. chevyflan

    chevyflan LawnSite Member
    from iowa
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  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Investing everything in a Spring Seeding is just NUTS... :)
  8. bepperb

    bepperb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Especially with the late start. A lot could die in the summer heat, since it won't have much time to develop a root system. I'd set the expectation for an overseed in the fall, at a minimum. IMO worrying about rows of grass from a slit seeder is the last concern... worrying about them not being able to water 80,000 sq ft and everything dying is the elephant in the room.

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