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Question on lawn installation

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by StBalor, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    I am typically a mow and go guy. But this 1 customer asked if i could fix her yard. A very small yard, maybe 20x35. It is 1 half of a duplex. Anyway it will only be the front lawn. It is very compact and has some bare spots that need seeding. 1 of the spots is pretty large.
    I am thinking, aerate the lawn really well, put down a top dressing and seed. Of course put down some sort of starter fert.
    Does this sound ok? If not how would you do it?
  2. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    Any input would be great.
  3. salandscape

    salandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Break up the soil in the bare spots a bit, aerating heavily may work, rototill if large enough, I assume you mean topdressing of compost and not loam. Cut it short first, depending on thatch you may want to dethatch/ rake it out, aerate, topdress seed, or if you have access to a slice seeder, cut short, dethatch, slice seed, topdress. This will insure good seed/ ground contact.
  4. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Soil test ,Aerate,dethatch if soil probe shows 1/2 or so of a thatch layer.If the grass is actively growing cut it , Slit seed, put down starter fert.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    There's the program, right there. We generally don't aerate, though. Our renovation price for slitseeding is $70 per thousand, with a one thousand minimum.
  6. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    Your signature is funny stbalor, I usually don't seed in the spring. I tend to get a lower germination rate due to an immature root system and the heat. I will tell my customer this and offer alternatives like sod. If they can't afford sod I'll do a soil test (local extension center $10 plus shipping). After that since it's such a small lot I would spray kill everything rake it out, grade and start with a new seed. Come fall time aerate but slit seed this time. I like to use 3-5lbs per thousand going in two different directions. Come spring go with a program that suits your soil test results. Now with all this said your going to have to control the weed population, I would look into getting lic for pesticides and the such, this will keep you ahead or right there with the competition. Oh yea water, water, water.

    O'Donnell Landscape Design
  7. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    For something that small, I'd tell her to sod it. It'll end up costing the same after all the spot treatments you'll have to do for the seeded areas not coming up. Plus, instant gratification.
  8. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034


    Are you triple dipping?:)


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