Renovating a front lawn!?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Str8Liner, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Str8Liner

    Str8Liner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    So this guys front yard is 60x27, with one big old maple in it, and completely brown... dead. Ive never been there before, but he told me the whole yard was overtaken by weeds, (looked like purslane and nutsedge to me) so he took it upon himself to roundup the whole lawn. Then he tried to rake out everything but the dirt, but then realized he would rather hire someone. There's a 10x10ish portion that just looks like a rototiller accident. I need to give him a price tomorrow and I want to make sure I get it right. I was thinking

    -run a bluebird over it a couple times, rake up and bag the heavy mess
    -throw an edge on the sidewalk and weedwack where necessary
    -blow off once quick
    -dress the lawn with 2yds topsoil
    -spread maybe 35lbs of a rye seed
    -run the bluebird once again but with the blades lowered
    -dress it with peat moss

    I know if I tell him to water it he'll have a lawn again within 3 weeks. So is $500 too much!?
  2. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Ive been dethatching, Areating & Slit Seeding calling it "the 3 step program" and having good results within about 10-14 days time.

    been anywhere from $300 + for smaller lawns than your talking so your probally pretty close on price.
  3. By Us Company

    By Us Company LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Is 22 lbs. per unit really necessary?
  4. Str8Liner

    Str8Liner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Perhaps.. around 400 is my final price. I m sure in the end 20lbs will be used. Having extra on the truck comes in handy anyway
  5. silverado212

    silverado212 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    Your talking 1620 sq ft of turf area. #5lb of seed seems very high. Should be around 5lbs per 1000. Does it need topsoil? What about putting sod down for that size?
  6. Str8Liner

    Str8Liner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Hey the more I save on seed the better. Topsoil is something Im used to using to mix with the existing soil and seed, its been successful for me. But something with more nutrients would be good, but I don't want to go too high on material cost. Advice is soo welcome though thank you, right now Im just using the methods that have been successful for me in the past.
  7. By Us Company

    By Us Company LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I would put down between 12 and 14 pounds max.
  8. bonzo1012

    bonzo1012 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 55

    How you prep the soil is more important than how much seed your going to use. If less than %50 of the lawn is actual grass thenn its time for more aggresive renovations. Rototilling and ammending the soil adding seed then rolling it out. Check soil consistancy. Roll damp soil between fingers if turns into a ball add some sand if breaks apart too easily add compost. If its a good sandy loam till it 6 inches add some starter fert and seed roll it out and call it a day. $1000 - to $1500
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    no more than that, i would sod it.

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