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leveling a small yard

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by EZTarget, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    i have an area of my back yard that is about 20 x 30 which is borded by the following

    neighbors fence
    pool deck and my house 1/2 and 1/2
    my fence
    my house

    from the neighbors fence the yard slopes down to my house so that any runoff ends up sitting at the foundation of the house.
    anyways, i am wanting to level most of this save for a few feet off of the neighbors fence. at this point i would put a small retaining wall (~6inches high) so I don't have to screw with the utility easement.

    question is will one of those little bobcat front end loaders be able to evenly scrape off about 3-5 inches of sod/top soil suffciently? someone told me it would have a hard time and just kind of bounce off of the ground and not really shave it off like i need.
     
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    It depends on how wet the ground is. The mini skidsteers have a lot of power but are limited if the soil is dry. If you have the space, I would use a full size skidsteer and get it done in half the time.
     
  3. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    thanks for the info. it is wet when i water it! :)

    but seriously if that will help i can drench it. as for the size, it is kind of small and it does back up to my hose in the corner, my pool deck, and neighbhors fence. it is a little wider than the double gate (full size panels) so it is about 20 feet wide.
     
  4. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    get a back hoe dig out what you need then scoop it up with the bucket and level

    Chuck
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    Use a skid steer. It will handle it just fine.
     
  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    An MT 50/52 will do it if that is what you are asking. Just make sure the bucket has teeth. That goes for whatever you are using. You may want one without teeth for clean-up, but definately one with teeth for digging....


    Dan
     
  7. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    what does a skid steer look like?
     
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    You've got to be kidding me...

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  9. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    thanks for the info
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    You don't even need teeth on a bucket to take out that kind of dirt. Just a skid steer with a bucket will do just fine. It'll be easy to finish grade it afterwords if you have a bucket with a smooth lip versus teeth on it.
     

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