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Old 03-19-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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Default Can you apply dillo dirt yourself?

Is there a way to manually do it yourself? I got quoted $345 for 5 yards installed for 2200 square feet of lawn. Does that seem expense? My lawn is St. Augustine and about average in size.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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Sure, you can buy it bags or have it delivered (Home Depot or other places), open a bag and spread it around with a rake.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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lmao are you kidding me.....

theres this really cool invention, been around for years and years called a RAKE and a SHOVEL....

couldnt resist
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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Well, I've never heard of dillo dirt before I moved to Austin lol. Everyone seems to use this blower machine so I was curious. How much dillo dirt do you need per square ft of established St. Augustine Grass? All my neighbors find someone with the blower machine. I'd rather do it myself.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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What you are seeing your neighbors do is having the lawn professional aerated (holes punched in it to let air and water seep it) and then compost applied with a big blower so it doesn't take very long. I have zoysia and I try to have it done every two years or so. ABC and other outfits will do it. BUT you can buy dillo dirt (compost made with Austin lawn material and sewage sludge (zapped to kill bad bateria) at any Home depot or Lowes. You can even aerate the lawn yourself with a hand-unit that will remove small plugs or wear your golf shoes and walk around the lawn. The blower machine is just so the lawn service companies can move fast and not have to hand rake. It is not required. Just rip open a bag, dump it out and then spread to thin layer with a rake. You can put down compost or dillo dirt without aerating.

good luck!
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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There are even special sandals that are made specifically for aerating lawns.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: 78737
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Is there a way to manually do it yourself?
Like others have said; wheel barrow, shovel, rake is all the tools you need. A snow shovel works best. It's a filthy job, you will be blowing dillo dirt out of your nose for a while. Just don't read what it's made out of and you will be fine

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I got quoted $345 for 5 yards installed for 2200 square feet of lawn. Does that seem expense?
It's around $35.00 a yard, so you are looking at around $170.00 in labor.If you do it yourself, you are looking at $50.00-$70.00 delivery.

A second option is to apply Rivitalizer from Natural Gardener which is an excellent top soil mix as well at around $42.00 a yard. The Natural Gardener: Organic Gardening Headquarters
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