Seeding a new yard

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Infinite, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
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    I am pretty new to this site and I have a question if anybody could help? I have a job of seeding a yard that is 2.8 acres this spring and the house sits on the yard which is 4,000 sq. feet. I did a little research about how much seed to lay out per 1,000 sq. feet and came up with the answer 8-12 pounds. There is 43,560 sq. ft. in an acre and with the yard being 2.8 acres minus the 4,000 sq. ft. of the house this would leave the yard being 121,968 sq. ft. Considering I layed out 10 pounds of seed per 1,000 sq. feet then this would make me lay out 1,219.68 lbs. of seed correct? This figure seems off to me, am I doing something wrong?
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    2.8 acres less the house footage will give you ~122k sqft. Divide by 1k gives you 122. 122 multipled by 10# would yield 1,220#'s of seed. Assuming all numbers you supplied are accurate...then 1.2k# of seed is accurate.
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Forget the house, and the 10# per 1k. Do 5# pds of a good mix seed or 616# of seed if you want, rd it off to an even 650-700 pds

  4. I guess we need to know what seed are you using! -12lbs/m is too heavy of a rate for any turfgrass seed!

    100% bluegrass at 2-3 lbs/m, to tt tall fescue at 6-10lbs/m, other types or blends are in between these rates!
  5. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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    43560 x 2.8=121968 - 4000 sq ft = 117968 sq. ft. Is this just a house with no planting beds, side walks, driveway etc? 12lbs per thousand is a lot of seed for any species. What is it your planting? Even at a buck a pound your looking at ~$1180 @ 10 lbs/1000 just in seed cost.
  6. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Probably a Spartan A Grade, something that is 50 percent rye and 50 percent bluegrass. What would this cost per pound?
  7. Terrible mix!

    What kind of rye? annuel or perrenial?

    If perrenial, with 50% rye, stand of grass will be 100% p rye!
  8. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I am from Ohio and we sometimes have some pretty nasty winters. When I researched this is the mixture I came up with. I'm new to this type of work.
  9. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ditto on the Rye %. Your blend shouldn't be more than 20% rye. Perennial Rye is fiercely competitive and will crowd out any other seed varieties. Look for a blend or 65% K-blue, 20% rye, 15% chewing Red fescue and within this vary the variety of k-blue to three different types which grow well in your area.
  10. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Hey SodKing could u estimate how much it would be per pound of this type?

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