topsoil question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ronslawncare, Jun 15, 2001.

  1. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    one of my residential customers just had her lawn rip up because of a cesspool.i will be laying sod in that question is the area has alot of fill after i grade it and take out as much rock as i can how many inches of topsoil should i lay over that area .thanx ronnie
  2. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    We usually put down 2 to 4 inches of good topsoil to give the sod a decent chance to root down. Just as important is to ameen the soil underneath and loosen it. Use a good starter fertilizer and you should be okay. Sod is pretty resilient if you keep it watered.
  3. lawnboykb

    lawnboykb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Put in as much as they (the owners) will let you....roots on grass will go to about 5-6 inches. And remember you are creating a layer effect.
  4. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 950

    I live on the coast of N/E NC. Last time I checked with a large supplier of sand and soil the price for a tandem of topsoil was $250. You end up with 12-14 cu yards of soil. How much are you guys paying for soil?
  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    how much do i pay? hmmmm thats a hard question for me lol. well lets see unlimited supply whenever needed for any job i have anywhere. and at what price? well lets see how about zero? 0? cero? none? however u wanna say it.
  6. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    Hmm...Unlinited supply of free topsoil? Send some my way.

    Nevermind, FedEx overnight would cost a fortune!! :D

  7. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Remember don't change the grade too much you could cause them more problems. Adding top soil to a yard just to amend the top couple of inches as long as it's mixed in the the soil structure is ok. Make sure your subbase is roughed in so you don't get a soild layer that's impermable.
  8. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    i figured ill go with 3 inches to be on the safe side

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