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    Hey guys,
    I know I've been asking a lot of questions lately and I really appreciate your patience with me. I'm learning a lot and I'm starting to get more calls and they are making me think about things I haven't thought about before. I googled and I searched in forum and didn't find anything on my question. My questions is -

    What is the easiest way to spread compost? I remember doing this on my own yard in my old house about 4 years ago and it took me forever with a wheelbarrow, shovel, rake and my back. Any suggestions or ideas would greatly be appreciated. I don't fear the hard work just want to be smart with the way I work.

    Thanks again,
    Matt

  • #2
    I use pelletized compost and spread it with a high output spreader. Good money maker too!

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    • #3
      here is a link to the compost I use

      http://turfrevolution.com/TR_timesavr_comm.html

      And this is the spreader I use

      http://www.earthway.com/product/high-output-1/

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      • #4
        What is the easiest way to spread compost?
        What kind of compost will you be spreading? Will this be compost you make or something purchased? I think that will effect the kind of spreader you will need.
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        • #5
          As Steve noted it depends on what you are spreading, first year we rented a Top Dressing spreader which is also designed for compost, second year we purchased one but they are desperate expensive, renting one is probably best. We were able to justify the purchase as we have a number of large lawns that wanted turf dressing annually.
          Andy
          Halifax, Nova Scotia

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          • #6
            It is from a company here that I use called The Natural Gardener. All organic product that is a think soil like substance. It is a blend of 5 composts, decomposed granite and humate. Way to thick to put in a spreader.

            Matt

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            • #7
              It is from a company here that I use called The Natural Gardener. All organic product that is a think soil like substance. It is a blend of 5 composts, decomposed granite and humate. Way to thick to put in a spreader.

              Matt
              Try the top dressing spreader, I have even spread top soil with it just to see if it would
              Andy
              Halifax, Nova Scotia

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              • #8
                This machine looks awesome. Has anyone tested this one out?

                http://www.topdresser.ca/?Video

                Matt

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                • #9
                  first year we rented a Top Dressing spreader which is also designed for compost, second year we purchased one but they are desperate expensive, renting one is probably best. We were able to justify the purchase as we have a number of large lawns that wanted turf dressing annually.
                  Andy, how many account or how much money do you feel a lawn care business should be making from top dressing in order to justify the purchase of such a machine vs renting it?

                  Also, what is your view on how often this service could be utilized by a customer per year?

                  How should a lawn care service price such a job with a top dresser?
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                  • #10
                    Andy, how many account or how much money do you feel a lawn care business should be making from top dressing in order to justify the purchase of such a machine vs renting it?

                    Also, what is your view on how often this service could be utilized by a customer per year?

                    How should a lawn care service price such a job with a top dresser?
                    The cost to rent one here is $85.00 a day, I also took into consideration I have to pick it up and have it back by a certain time.

                    I was fortunate in that we have four private communities that we look after and the lawns were in desperate tough shape as the previous provider told them they had chinch bug when in fact they had white grubs, the damage to the lawns was thousands. White Grubs come from June bugs and around here if you have a place on the Ocean, look out. I have seen grubs destroy beautiful lawns in as little as two weeks.

                    We seem to come across a lot of lawns that are in bad shape, generally speaking there was never enough top soil put down at the start and our ground is such that the natural earth in the city is mainly clay.

                    It got to the point I was renting this machine three to five days a week, looked at the cost of buying one, jobs done and jobs on the books, made sense to buy one in my case.

                    Generally speaking, top dressing once every 3 years should do the trick however some clients want it every year so we do this in the fall. You kind of need upper end clients or commercial accounts as top dressing is expensive, around $780.00 a load here, we charge $48.50 a yard to spread.
                    Andy
                    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                    • #11
                      I was fortunate in that we have four private communities that we look after and the lawns were in desperate tough shape as the previous provider told them they had chinch bug when in fact they had white grubs, the damage to the lawns was thousands. White Grubs come from June bugs and around here if you have a place on the Ocean, look out. I have seen grubs destroy beautiful lawns in as little as two weeks.
                      How does the top dressing of a lawn with such a problem help alleviate and resolve the problem?
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                      • #12
                        How does the top dressing of a lawn with such a problem help alleviate and resolve the problem?
                        http://www.lawnandmower.com/top-dressing-the-lawn.aspx
                        Andy
                        Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                        • #13
                          You cannot get a better topdressing than compost. Compost is both the best soil amendment and the best fertilizer. It adds micro-organisms to the soil, giving them both shelter and nutrients, in addition to improving the soil structure, balancing the pH and supplying essential nutrients for plant growth. You should apply a layer of compost once every three or four years in spring or early fall, when the lawn is in active growth.

                          Compost may be harder to find than other topdressing (black earth, triple mix, screen topsoil) but it is worth it. Make sure to use mature compost (rich, loose and dark), that is finely textured and doesn’t contain any weeds. Avoid compost with large amounts of topsoil or peat moss, both of which decompose too slowly.

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                          • #14
                            Is it ever beneficial to top dress with sand?
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