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Ground prep

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by georgel, Jul 3, 2001.

  1. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    I have a residential project that involves preping a rock and weed infested yard for irrigation and hydroseed. Do you have any tips on this? I am not sure how meticulus I have to be with the weeds if I am going to bring in top soil. My plan is to go through and take out the obvious weeds and then put a rough grade on it. Once the irrigation is in place, I plan to rent a powerrake(attachment or stand-alone) and put a final grade on it. There are A LOT of rocks of sizes from 3 in. to 9in. Is this a problem for the rake?

  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    Some attachments won't handle rocks over 6". We use a FFC Preperator on the front of a skid steer, it will eat rocks 20" in dia.
  3. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 678

    Sorry Paul but we've used both preparators and rock hounds and I would go with the rock hound every time. Just finished a job started with a prep, sent it back a used the rock hound to finish job.


    If it's a small area we just use our TR3 rake and go behind and rake up rocks. If it's a large area or a lot of rocks go with the rock hound on a skid steer.
  4. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Cool. thanks for the rock advice. How about weed control? Since this will be hydroseed, do I need to make sure everyone of those pesky little weeds are gone before so, they will not return?

  5. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    This time of year you want as many weeds gone as possibile, if you can have it sprayed with round-up.

    One thing I have found is that a Preperator takes more time to learn how to use it right but it's a tougher machine with far fewer repairs.
  6. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    Now I'm curious. How does the Preparator compare to a Harley Rake? Also, how big an area should you have to consider using either of these?
  7. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    Harley VS Perperator

    A Harley on a skid steer will grade both ways but doesn't pick up the rock it windrows them to the side. a Preperator will grade and pick up rock or move them to a larger pile. a Preperator is slower at larger grading jobs because it is less agressive in cutting high spots. they both have their place. I find it easier and faster to use a tractor to bring it to grade and use the preperator to do the final finish work.

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