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Old 05-01-2013, 01:14 AM
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Question on Using a Harley Rake

We're basically redoing the entire property, removing old landscape and designing & installing a new landscape in front & back, installing irrigation, and totally removing the existing lawn (rough lawn, some weeds, and my client wants to start over) now that she will have irrigation.

My original thought was to have my guys use a Turfco Sod Cutter to remove all the existing sod and then use the skid to remove & haul away all the old material, which with the size of this yard it'd be about 17 yards and then use the Harley rake to flatten the surface to prep for seed.

My question is, for those who have used a Harley rake on their skid steers, would it completely annihilate the sod and flatten out the soil surface, thus eliminating the step of sod cutting & hauling 17 yards of material away?
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:45 PM
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:49 PM
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I wouldn't cut that sod. If you spray that grass out and wait 2-3 week's until it get crispy, that harley rake will make short work of that stuff. I wouldn't seed in the spring either, especially without irrigation. Sept. 1 is the best date to grow grass.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:54 PM
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We don't really have 2-3 weeks of waiting.
We are getting snow tonight and it'll be in the 60s next week and won't be getting insanely warm for a couple weeks most likely.
You must not have read my original post, we are installing irrigation therefore the seed will certainly be able to grow.
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Agreed. Fry it and let the Harley have at it. I've seen it used on green turf and it left just a few sprigs that could have raked up.
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I would use the sod cutter. Or rip it up with a tooth bucket

I also don't believe in the only time to seed is September.
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Agreed. Fry it and let the Harley have at it. I've seen it used on green turf and it left just a few sprigs that could have raked up.
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I think we'll spray it with non-selective before we start anything, let it do work for a couple days, and then Harley it after all but the irrigation installation is complete.

I also believe you can seed any time of the year, as long as you have the correct irrigation you can make turf grow. Here in MN I see more turf growth in the semi-sunny areas in the middle of July when it's 95 & humid than when it's 55 degrees in early October.
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