Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Top dressing


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-14-2007, 12:49 PM
Kevin S
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Angry

Hello All

I was wondering if is a good time to top dress my lawn and what the mixture of the top soil is and also I was wondering if i could use triple mix top soil and do you mix the grass seed in with the topsoil and do you have to roll the lawn after I am done.Should i rent a top dresser or is there money in it if i bought a top dresser and made that another service for my clients or do it by hand the hard way.I had one of my clients come up to be a couple of weeks ago and wondered if i would top dress there lawn and i did not know what to price them and there lot is 45'x60'

Kevin
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-15-2007, 06:56 AM
Turf Talk Turf Talk is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 15
Rep Power: 9
Turf Talk
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Kevin,

You can pretty much topdress your lawn anytime in its prime part of its growing season, if it is a warm season grass you can topdress anytime from late spring through to late summer whilst the turf is actively growing. Cool season turf may be topdressed around Spring or Autumn but never in the warmer months as you may smother it and kill it. just make sure that when you do it, its just when the grass starts to grow quick again or do it toward the end of its growing season (but make sure you dont do it too late) it all depends on climate, location and turf type

Topdressing lawns is usually an annual process, done once a year to help sandy soils retain moisture, clay soils to drain better thus improving root development, Top dressing also reduces thatch build up [the spongey feeling], helps even out lumps and bumps and produce new grass shoots which then produces a denser grass cover which helps combat the onset of weeds and infestation.

to determine the type of mix you need to topdress depends on the soil the lawn is built on, your local soil supplier will help you out with this. Note: Always use clean soil from your supplier becuase the last thing you want your clients complaining about is weed infestation from a bad batch of backyard soil from somwhere else. its only done once a year so make sure its free of weed seeds and done properly.

Triple mix topsoil: not sure what ingrediants you mean but you can use a mix of sand, loam and peat, 3 good ingredients to make a good top soil. (use some good peat, not from the garden compost because it is most likely to contain weed seeds.)

Always topdress when it is a good moderate temperature, no rain expected for a couple days and make sure the top soil is dry.

You dont have to roll the lawn after you are done but just make sure the top soil is rubbed in nicely until the grass leaves are still very exposed, never go heavy when topdressing, you are better to do a few applications rather than risking choking it and killing it.

I do think there is extra money in it provided you do all your calculations correct, having extra large amounts of soil lying around the job site isnt a easy thing to get rid of. just remember when you want to dress the lawn with eg: 5mm of topsoil x area of the site will give you your volume of soil needed but you have to take into consideration that it compacts also.

from my experience topdressing turf on golf courses, when you quote for this type of work take into consideration whether or not you will have to barrow the soil to the site eg: backyards and also how thick the dressing will be.

My opinion: quote on the overall job and make sure your not under quoting in case it doesnt go to plan and try not to quote by the hour. Also hire a machine for the first season or two, charge your clients for the hire fee and see if its actually worth your while buying one, they are usually big and inpractical in small places.

Hope this covers what you are after, any other questions you may have about this topic just ask.

Scott Bursky
Website Admin
www.turftalk.org
TURF TALK - A Turfgrass Information resource and free online community for turf managers... Forums, Articles & More....

__________________
Scott Bursky

Website Administrator
Turf Talk
www.turftalk.org
Networking Turf Managers, Greenkeepers & Lawn Care Professionals Worldwide, Forums, Articles, Polls, and more...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
Yesterday 10:01 PM
by Lawnline
1 545
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
07-27-2016 08:02 PM
by Steve
25 6,045
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 30
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 267
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
07-25-2016 03:22 PM
07-26-2016 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 60
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
07-26-2016 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 669
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
07-26-2016 10:30 AM
by Lawnline
16 18,766
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
07-25-2016 01:47 PM
07-25-2016 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 54
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
07-25-2016 09:13 AM
07-25-2016 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 50
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
07-25-2016 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 582
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
07-25-2016 03:06 PM
by greenwavemedia
5 10,516
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
07-25-2016 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,499
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 128
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 149
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 84
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 117
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 142
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 250
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 781
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 291
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 311
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 236
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,799
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,321
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,575
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 278
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,302
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 398
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 902
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,722
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,981
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:43 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:43 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy