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Farmer Dan    Posted 04-18-2016 at 09:59:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • What's the best tool for the job?
  • Our front yard is in pretty rough shape so... the plan is to rent a roto-tiller to turn up the soil and kill all the weeds and tire ruts. Once we do that what is the best implement to use to level it out and pack it down before we put new grass seed down? Should I go over it with a drag and then a lawn roller? Not sure, need some advice please.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 05-06-2016 at 17:50:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dan, I've done that same job many times, but down here with so much black gumbo soil, I've had to use a 6' length of 8" channel iron; (I welded an old axle U bolt to each side to attach the pull chain). If that channel still didn't get the job done, I'd use my trusty old Gannon box blade!

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 04-19-2016 at 06:34:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • FD I've done several yards like you describe. After the tilling I used a section of chain link fence about 5ft pulled behind a lawn tractor to level it. It does a wonderful job. SoS

    SteveVA    Posted 04-19-2016 at 10:13:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hey SOS, do you connect the chain link with a bar through one edge? I was thinking of using one of those on our road. Thanks.

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 04-19-2016 at 15:13:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The piece I use has a flat bar thru the links at hitch end. I use a length of rope tied to each end of it and do a overhand loop over a ball on LGT hitch. This allows for good turning action. The tail end of the piece has a 2X4 attached to the top side to give a slight drag effect and to stabilize the chain link. SoS.

    SteveVa    Posted 04-21-2016 at 14:56:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks, that helps a lot. I am just in the process of making one. I was also thinking of hooking it up behind my scraper blade when I groom the road.

    charles Krammin    Posted 01-06-2017 at 20:24:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I just use a old bed spring or defraicated mattress spring.
    Charles krammin

    AL CT    Posted 04-18-2016 at 14:37:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Last summer I did a patch of lawn about 3000 sq ft where I removed 20 spruce trees. Stumps removed. After that I used my york rake to rough up and smooth the area. Spread about 1" of fresh loam, some hand raking, spread fertilizer, had it hydro seeded. I did not roll the fresh area. Loam should be loose to allow water and seed penetration. Plenty of watering and about three weeks it looked great. Cost for the hydro seeding at $300.00 plus about $100 for the loam. Hydro seeding has plenty of seed and a degradable paper binder to stop the seed from blowing away of drying out.
    Going to do another section soon, about the same area.
    Another option is to rent a thatcher/re seeder. It scourers the lawn, embedding the seed about 1/2 to 1" deep.

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