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Old 05-19-2008, 01:34 PM
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Steve,

Lawn installation is a big part of any landscapers business. It used to be cost effective when a new area was stripped, to have topsoil trucked in for lawn seeding. With screened topsoil costs varying from $15 to $25 per cubic yard plus a freight surcharge, this is no longer the case.
If you're buying over 150 tons of topsoil per year, it makes far more sense to get your own screener to recycle the existing soil on these sites. Other pluses are when it's screened onsite you're reducing handling costs, you'll nearly eliminate having to rake the soil once you've spread it.
It also adds a new side to your business. Most landscapers have piles of material back at their own yard (such as fill dirt, old plants, lawn clippings, wood chips, etc) that make great composting material. It's a pile of money waiting to be processed. By bucket turning this material on a monthly basis, you will generate your own high quality compost that can be added to the onsite topsoil or retailed out.
Many of the large material processing companies have started this very way. If you take 1000 tons of topsoil, and it costs you $4.50 per ton to process it, and then sell the same product for $20 per ton, it's not hard to see how profitable the business can be. (Everyone's costs vary, but this is a guideline)
It also allows your business to be more diversified and independent, & in today's market that's the tools to succeed.

You're the one who can make it happen

Charlie
Royer Northeast
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