Roto tilling

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DavidsonLandscaping, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    So you are saying If somebody use a Skidloader in there prep work of a new Lawn They are lazy???
    How do you grade a lawn with a rake and shovel
    I know and seen ppl seed behind a tiller that makes a lumpy lawn
    My prep stage
    Run a 6ft tiller
    grade it with skidloader
    Final prep Run my 8ft Turf Shaper this leaves 4-6'' a light compress topsoil to seed on
  2. DavidsonLandscaping

    DavidsonLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Congrats on the 6ft tiller, must come in handy. But where I service, one being east boston, 4 minutes from my house, you'd be lucky to fit a trash barrel between the houses. So I think mine would work fine just didn't know how to price. Another big thing that becoming popular are roof top gardens. I don't currently service any, and I don't think I would want to either.
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  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,756

    if you have the right tools to do it, it can be profitable. We've always offered spring/fall garden tilling and with a scut and 48" tiller along with a 12" plow and a set of discs it's not bad at all. Usually for a 25x50 plot we can make $400+. It's a couple day process, plow and till one day, disc a couple days later, but usually a total of about 3 hours of work.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Best thing I can tell you Live and Learn Price one if you make good time and make ur hour rate and extra then you have price it right If you price to cheap and takes to long you know next time to chargee more
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I just did a small lawn that had topsoil brought in and spread around and levelled with a skidster, following a major construction project... We could've just run a slit seeder over it, but it was packed down hard enough to use as a driveway...

    I tilled it up and raked it smooth as I covered the seed... I didn't even walk on it because I stayed ahead of the tiller... Yes, it can be done and should be done on smaller new lawns and can be considered derelict, not to(unless its just sand of course)... Tilling is just about the most important last step, though I agree that if the area becomes too large it is no longer practical...

    For the amount of money I charged the widow for that few hours of work, it wouldn't have made sense to even start up the skidster and compact the soil, before seeding... many factors play into the best way to do a job, but the professional results of a perfect lawn comes first... I don't care how much squirt&fert one dumps onto compacted soil here with the cool season grasses, the ill-effects from compaction seldom ever goes away... :)

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