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Old 05-05-2011, 05:38 PM
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Default Need help w/quote sod install

Hi all:

This is our first year in the biz, and newspaper advertising has landed us 9 new accounts in the past month.

One of these was just a small little yard that we have done twice. On the second visit the neighbor across the street requested a quote to mow/blow plus what could we recommend to help her grass. Currently 70% weed mix 20% fescue and maybe 10% winter rye (although I did'nt really see the rye but she said it had been sewn before) The area of concern is the front entrance maybe 500 square feet. It is semi-shade with less shaded area than the adjacent home which has a good stable patch of centipede. The previous fescue/rye mixture thinned considerably mainly from lack of maintenance, ie, compaction, and lack of fertilizer/water. I kinda want to put St. Augustine or Centipede in the proposed area because it gets 3-4 hours of morning sunlight direct, before the trees shade out 50% afternoon light. It will make an excellent before and after case study for our website, and she has already accepted our weekly service.

She is waiting for a quote on what we might recommend to get this grass going. What rate do any of you charge for sod install. Do you price it by the hour? Or should I just by the sod from one of three nearby growers and charge one price with sod installed.

The second option I will recommend is using spriggs where I tear the sod and space accordingly. I have had very good luck with this method on my yard but it can take sometime. I have a good set rate planned for this.

The third option for their consideration is aeration, adding some top soil and seeding. Really I don't like this method, and will try to dissuade her from seeding because I had so much better luck with sod with friends and family but never really priced out a sod job before. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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