Breaking up grass & dirt clumps??

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MikeA, May 28, 2003.

  1. MikeA

    MikeA LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 58

    I just finished digging out for a patio. I now have clumps of dirt and grass that were removed from the patio area that I placed around the house that I will use to regrade the land. Is there any easy way to break these clumps up? Will a tiller do it? Is there a different piece of machinery that will do it? After busting by tail to build the patio I am looking for the easiest way to break them down into a form of dirt that can be graded.
     
  2. MikeA

    MikeA LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 58

    Any ideas????
     
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    rototiller should work.

    Mike
     
  4. MikeA

    MikeA LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 58

    I am guessing Home Depot should have that for me to rent. Should I wait until it dries out some or do it while it is still fresh?
     
  5. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I'm not so sure how well a tiller will work - but if you try it, I would't wait until the clumps dry out, otherwise the tiller will probably just throw the clumps.

    Here's another idea which sounds like more work, but perhaps in the long-run isn't:

    Lowes sells a 5 foot steel tamping rod. It's heavy enough that you can more or less just drop it on the clumps, and it should break them up pretty well. Do this only after the clumps have dried out.
     
  6. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    a rototiller will work fine. A reartine tiller even better.

    Mike
     

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