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Top Dressing Application's

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Ray&Christine, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    We want to buy a motorized top dresser spreader after 5 years of using wheelbarrows.

    For each average lawn 50 x 120 ft with average house (approx. 3500 sqft of lawn) we use about 1 cubic yard of triple mix top soil when spread with a wheel barrow/shovel. Our customers seem satisfied with the results.

    Our concern is if we buy a motorized top dresser spreader that it spread more evenly and we will be using 2-3 cubic yards instead of 1 cubic yard we are currently using on the lawn. If this is the case we will have to double triple our pricing.

    We have never used a motorized top dresser. Do you think we can still get away with using 1 cubic yard of top soil for the above size lawns?
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    In other words, do any top dressers apply as thin as 1 yard of compost to 3,500 square feet (or roughly one third of a yard per 1,000)?
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    Oh I know. I was waiting for someone with experience of an actual topdresser to respond. I spread 50 lbs of compost per 1k with my modified Spyker 288, albeit not with ease lol. (OP is asking for one that will spread roughly 264 lbs per 1k)
  4. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    We have opportunity to demo ecolawn topdresser at dealer's store but I find it hard to judge how much soil its applying.

    we tried another topdresser 2 years ago in a backyard approx. 1,000 sq ft we must of used 15 bags of soil and it spread it heavy and we couldn't turn the machine (huge tire marks. It was a really heavy machine. How is the ecolawn topdresser for turning.
  5. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    I know that guy, looks like that site needed a little organic matter
  6. It's easily turned with one hand and will only leave marks in the turf if the ground is very wet.

    A bit more effort is needed to turn the machine if it's stationary but it's pretty rare that you'll have to do that once you've experienced a short learing curve.
  7. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

  8. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    Those are pretty nice and hold a lot of top soil, I'm pretty sure they aren't cheap either.
  9. Snapper12

    Snapper12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from CE MO
    Messages: 259

    We have two ecolawn top dressers and they are very good. They turn very easily and are easy to operate. (just make sure to keep it clean and use dry compost)

    If your putting down compost, don't put down less than a yard per 1000sq ft.

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