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overseed 57 acres

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassguy123, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. grassguy123

    grassguy123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I have a new customer that wants 57 acres over-seeded annually(im not joking)

    what is the easiest machine to use for this?

    how long do you think that will take?

    how much grass seed do you think it will use?

    there are no obstacles just huge straight lines, they dont care what they pay for this so im just looking for the fastest way to do it?
  2. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    2.5 million square feet approximately.

    That would require about 12,825 pounds of seed at 5 pounds per 1,000 sq ft.

    Good luck with that one!

    Where in the heck is there 57 acres in New Jersey???
  3. grassguy123

    grassguy123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    its an army base contract we have.

    do they make riding slit seeders?
  4. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    No clue.

    They have a machine for everything these days so probably.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,559

    If customer works for Goldman Sachs--remember he may be in jail by the time the bill is due.
  6. hardscaper

    hardscaper LawnSite Member
    from us
    Messages: 84

    3pt. tractor mount slit seeder, we can do 3 ac/hr. if no beds.Make sure you run straight then perpendicular to your first run for better re-growth. Jacobsen, Gandy, Ryan all make them.
  7. TJ LAWN

    TJ LAWN LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Our Tax Dollars hard at work.....
  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153

    Why would one plan on overseeding every year?
    If you do a good job and thicken it up with seeing and a good maintenance program you shouldn't have to seed every year.

    If you are going to...I would invest in a landpride OS1572 unit or larger. With that size of lawn there may even be a larger unit but I am not sure what that would be.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That would be my choice.

    Only other thing I could think of is a larger pull type. You would have to rent a tractor and 20ft seed drill (I hate using the term slit seeder). You could do it in one day if you leased big enough equipment.

    Only other thing would be to get a 3 point seed spreader that runs off the PTO of the tractor. That would be purely a broadcast seeding and you would get iffy results.
  10. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 463

    Act like a farmer and take care of the pasture.

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