Sometimes your lawn gets to a point where it simply isn’t viable to revive it. It needs replacing and the question is ‘how’?
Firstly let’s hope you have bobcat access, because if you don’t you’re in for a lot of hard grunt work digging it out. I still remember digging out 50sqm of buffalo on a hot summer day. It took 2 of us 5 hours and we were going hard.
So – yes – you can dig it out, but if you weigh up your time then it makes much better sense to use machinery to get it done.
So first step is to get the old one out.
Your bobcat will need to dig down around 80-100ml and in the process will likely damage your retic. So if you’re replacing a lawn then be sure to budget for retic repairs and it may even be that its better just to re-lay the pipes. I’d allow between $200-500 for the retic.
When removing a lawn you need to allow for bobcat operator’s time, tipping costs and any associated travel costs. For 50sqm $700.00 is fairly normal but it may vary depending on the site. The bobcat then will bring in some good soil and bring the levels up to whatever is suitable for laying turf on. I always suggest leaving it 10ml below the finished level to allow it to grow and ‘boof up’ a bit.
Once the soil is in, the retic can be repaired and the final stage is the turf laying.
Our turf rates are on our main site here.
A few tips if you’re going to lay Sir Walter turf.
– Make sure you get the soil levels right. Sir W is 40ml thick and gets pretty boofy so you could even excavate 50ml
– get a sharp steak knife for cutting it. I sometimes go thru a knife each time I lay it! A blunt knife will mean super hard work.
– be aware that your compactor is going to need some help to slide across the grass, so wet it down well before compacting.