I just came across this site and I'm pretty excited about it. I've always taken pride in my lawn and done the best a "do it yourselfer" can do with it. The front yard (Bermuda) always been maintained with a trusty Honda self propelled bagger and the back with a John Deere L120 (Sometimes a bagger, sometimes not). If I dont use a bagger, I usually blow all the clippings into my neighbors yard, cuz that's the kinda guy I am.(and I throw an occasional dead bird over there). Well, here's what I've come across recently; I bought my step brothers 50" Cub Cadet ZTR for $250. Super cheap but here's the catch, The mower is in great shape and cosmetically looks new but a while ago, he was cutting and heard a back fire, sputter and the mower shut off. He couldn't get it started so he packed it up in the garage. I bought it and am beginning to trouble shoot it. For starters, the flywheel is getting buffed out because it was caked with rust and the starter was bad. Once the starter gets here I'll put it all back together and see if that helps at all. At the very least, I feel like that was a good deal. Also, I just won an auction containing a New Holland tractor/loader and 12 ton equipment trailer, which I plan to sell right away. I also won a McLane Reel mower. I've wanted a Reel mower for a long time so I'm excited about that one for sure. And I won a Ryan Core Aerator. All of the equipment is in great shape, no work needed. Now, I want to begin transforming my front yard into the beautiful Bermuda scapes I've seen on here. So I need some help. I currently keep the front yard at about 2.5 inches with the rotary Honda. I want to safely bring it down to around 3/4 if possible. I was thinking about running the aerator over it, throwing down a top coat of river sand or something to help level some low spots (their not too bad), and begin knocking it down. Is this the right process or how should I go about it? I'm depending on the experts from this forum to help me. In the "sac" (my cul-de-sac), we are pretty competitive with the front yards, I usually do pretty good but now I think I have the tools to crush the neighbors! I need to make the front yard: -Putting quality, or close to it -Comfortable to consume beers and fall down -Plush enough to stand long hours while playing corn hole Thanks in advance for reading over this long drawn out post and for your patience, don't flame me too bad.