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spread dirt and seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by turfmanagementspecialty, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. turfmanagementspecialty

    turfmanagementspecialty LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    How long has it taken you to spread about a yard and a half of black dirt, by wheelbarrow (100ft away) and then spread seed and rake in?
  2. TerraJeeps

    TerraJeeps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    With a big 8 cu. ft barrow it should take probably 5-6 heaping loads, I hope the site is down hill from your truck. Probably an hour or so when all is graded and such... but i guess it depends how fast you can push the wheel barrow.
  3. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Depends.... is it already down to bare dirt and reasonably level? Is the new soil sitting there, or does it have to be shoveled off a truck? Is the soil wet and clumped, or drier and easier to break up? How perfect does the job have to be? On a small well maintained property, I would take more care in leveling.... if it's the end of a 3/4 acre backyard, not so much.

    I'll say this, no way I could do the job as well as I would want in an hour. I'd say at least two under favorable conditions as I mentioned above. I would also top dress with peat moss rather than raking it in. You didn't mention rolling or tamping the seed in.... that's more time too. Then, I would hope you are using a starter fert, preferably one with siduron, aka Tupersan.

    I did a 600 sq ft renovation today... for a discerning customer. Deep dethatching twice, collecting debris, aeration, bringing in new soil and compost, leveling, speading seed, top dressing with peat, installing a Futerra roll and fert took over 4 hours. That is the Cadillac version of my renovation plan options. The higher the quality of the seeding, the better the results.

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