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Old 04-17-2007, 10:26 PM
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lawn after grading

First job like this. A couple just built a house and they had 15 loads of dirt delivered. The yard is approx. 3/4 acres. They asked me if I could get the yard graded and plant seed. Should I get a soil test for the newly delievered dirt? Also after grading what would you recommend using to level the yard in preparation for the seed i.e. section drag or lightly discing?
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:50 PM
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Use a bobcat or a dingo to grade it, the soil should be fine unless they had FILL delivered instead of topsoil. Use 15 lbs of seed per 1000 sq ft for new lawns
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:50 PM
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Also after grading what would you recommend using to level the yard in preparation for the seed
Harley Rake
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Old 04-18-2007, 01:51 PM
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thanks for the info. I will be subbing out the grading, I dont have a tractor.I will be using my atv to pull whatever I use, thats why I mentioned a sectiondrag or something similiar.this might sound silly but whats a harley rake? thanks
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:02 PM
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A Harley Rake is a stiff curved thick tine unit that you pull behind a good sized tractor, usually used for leveling and breaking up soil. We do all kinds of installs and we use a skidsteer and feather out the edges by hand. You might have to get it Rockhounded before your final grade. A Rockhound will sift through the soil and gather all the rocks left in the fill dirt. As far as the soil goes, unless its a lot of clay you should be ok, but if its crappy dirt your gonna need top soil.
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:12 PM
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A Harley Rake is a stiff curved thick tine unit that you pull behind a good sized tractor, usually used for leveling and breaking up soil.
I don't think you're describing a Harley Rake, at least one I've ever used.

I think you're referring to a simple landscape rake:

This is a Harley Rake, other manufacturers make similar attachments. Made for either skids or tractors:
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