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Seeding over existing lawn

Ford BOSS 12

LawnSite Member
Location
Reading, PA
I have a residential customer who has a 20,000 square foot yard and needs to be reseeded. The problem is that the existing grass is patchy and is made of mostly weeds. Also a 5,000 square foot portion of it needs to be completely seeded. The topsoil left when the house was built was put on thin and there isn't alot for the grass to grow in. I was just wondering what you guys would do. Would you just spread about an 1 inch of new topsoil over the existing lawn and 2 inches over the completely bare spot or what. I was also wondering what you guys would charge. I am also going to be renting a skid steer to move the dirt around the property with a 2 or 3 man crew.

Prices:
Topsoil(topdressingt)- $30 a yard plus delivery
Seed- $95 for a 50lb bag that covers 7000 sq. ft.
Straw is- $4.50 a bale
Skid steer- $175 a day

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

Smallaxe

LawnSite Fanatic
If the 5000 sq.ft. area with little or no topsoil is sandy, it may be a good idea to till in your clay based ammendments. If it is heavy enough just till in a few yards of compost. 2 inches of root zone will be an eternal problem for the client.
 

DuraCutter

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Alberta-Canada
I have a residential customer who has a 20,000 square foot yard and needs to be reseeded. The problem is that the existing grass is patchy and is made of mostly weeds. Also a 5,000 square foot portion of it needs to be completely seeded. The topsoil left when the house was built was put on thin and there isn't alot for the grass to grow in. I was just wondering what you guys would do. Would you just spread about an 1 inch of new topsoil over the existing lawn and 2 inches over the completely bare spot or what. I was also wondering what you guys would charge. I am also going to be renting a skid steer to move the dirt around the property with a 2 or 3 man crew.

Prices:
Topsoil(topdressingt)- $30 a yard plus delivery
Seed- $95 for a 50lb bag that covers 7000 sq. ft.
Straw is- $4.50 a bale
Skid steer- $175 a day

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
It seems that your prices are low. $175/day for a skidsteer. Isn't that the price it cost you to rent it? A client always pays more than what it cost to rent. Let's say $80-$120/hr. Don't forget you need to pay the operator, the diesel and the transport of the machine.

Landscaping is usually a very good profit business. Don't leave money on the table.

:)
 
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