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MowingMowingMowing
07-08-2010, 11:15 AM
I have a 35' long, 20' wide area that is slightly sloped that needs to be leveled and sodded. The ground needs to be leveled before we lay the sod.

What is the best way to do this? I have an idea in mind, but want to hear your opinions.

The slope is not terrible, but dirt will definitely to either be taken from the high spot and put in the low or possibly bring some topsoil in.

Would tilling it and tamping it down be a bad idea?

Specialized
07-08-2010, 12:32 PM
I would probably till it and run a vibratory plate compactor over it a few times. Make sure to still have the iron rake handy to pull the excess (read: stuff that didnt get compacted that was right next to the compactor) around and even it all out, then run the compactor over it a few more times. I did this the other day installing a kennel for a customer, wanted perfectly even ground and then wanted to lay these rubber mats for the floors. Worked beautifully.

Whitaker24
07-11-2010, 08:52 PM
Sound like this would also work to level ground for easy set up pools also. That is a problem Im facing now.

MowingMowingMowing
07-11-2010, 11:07 PM
I would probably till it and run a vibratory plate compactor over it a few times. Make sure to still have the iron rake handy to pull the excess (read: stuff that didnt get compacted that was right next to the compactor) around and even it all out, then run the compactor over it a few more times. I did this the other day installing a kennel for a customer, wanted perfectly even ground and then wanted to lay these rubber mats for the floors. Worked beautifully.

I think the plate compactor might be a little much for this job.

I think I'm just going to till it up, mix in topsoil, tamp it a little, make sure it is all level, then lay all the sod.

shooterm
07-11-2010, 11:20 PM
Either get out the shovels or learn how to run a skidloader.

kb9nvh
07-11-2010, 11:27 PM
google "harley rake"


I think the plate compactor might be a little much for this job.

I think I'm just going to till it up, mix in topsoil, tamp it a little, make sure it is all level, then lay all the sod.

MowingMowingMowing
07-11-2010, 11:48 PM
google "harley rake"

That would be overkill for this particular job (I didn't specify in the initial post, my bad). This is just a small 35' by 20' residential back yard. Hell, that machine wouldn't even make it through the gate. Gotta admit though, it looks badass!

corey4671
07-12-2010, 12:07 AM
just curious...does the Toro Dingo have a harley rake attachment?

wrager
07-12-2010, 02:26 PM
Sure do...they call it a powered box rake.

http://www.toro.com/professional/sws/loaderattach/ground/22425.html

Mark Oomkes
07-12-2010, 03:05 PM
just curious...does the Toro Dingo have a harley rake attachment?

Yes and it is AWESOME for small areas.

turfcobob
07-12-2010, 06:23 PM
I have a 35' long, 20' wide area that is slightly sloped that needs to be leveled and sodded. The ground needs to be leveled before we lay the sod.

What is the best way to do this? I have an idea in mind, but want to hear your opinions.

The slope is not terrible, but dirt will definitely to either be taken from the high spot and put in the low or possibly bring some topsoil in.

Would tilling it and tamping it down be a bad idea?


I have smoothed out small patches like this by using a verticut. I set the cutting blades ( fixed not flail ) so they were cutting a half inch into the ground. A machine like the Turfco LS 20 or LS 22, Ryan Mataway, Ryan Renothin or similar machines. This will till the top inch of soil and then you can smooth out the extra bad parts with a hand rake. I also put down some fert and watered it in good and put the sod down on damp ground.

LawnSolutionsCP
07-12-2010, 08:23 PM
I have a 35' long, 20' wide area that is slightly sloped that needs to be leveled and sodded. The ground needs to be leveled before we lay the sod.

What is the best way to do this? I have an idea in mind, but want to hear your opinions.

The slope is not terrible, but dirt will definitely to either be taken from the high spot and put in the low or possibly bring some topsoil in.

Would tilling it and tamping it down be a bad idea?



Where in the midwest are your located?