LOOKING FOR A PIECE OF EQUIPTMENT THAT I CAN USE TO LOOSEN HARD SOIL.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ant, Sep 17, 2000.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    I AM LOOKING INTO A WALKBEHIND PIECE OF EQU. THAT WILL LOOSEN HARD COMPACTED SOIL SO AREA CAN BE SEEDED.

    THE PROBLEM IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT WENT UP AND THE FRONTS WERE SODDED AND THE BACKS WERE SEEDED .GRASS IN BACK DRYED UP AND SOIL IS HARD. I TRYED WETTING AREA DOWN ,AREATING ,RUNNING MY THATCHER OVER IT ,LOOSENED UP ABOUT ONE INCH BUT I NEED MORE. ANY HELP? EQU. WEB SITES,PRICES ECT...
    ANTHONY
     
  2. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    3 point linkage aerator may be the way to go.That is if you have the room for the tractor/aerator. If it is a heavy clay
    soil,try spreading gypsum over it to break it up.

    Karl
     
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    The only way I can think of other than rototilling it is use an aerator that will go deeper. The Lesco/Classen tow aerator, you can put up to 700 lbs on it and it will pull cores up to 4". If you can't rent one, they sell for around $1250. If you go over the lawn a few times with that, it should loosen the soil up just fine.
     
  4. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    We have the same problem here. Increase water on those zones.
     
  5. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    thanks for the replys. i am looking for a walkbehind unit.

    anthony
     
  6. Banzaitoy

    Banzaitoy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    Iuse a 1961 DAVID BRADLEY walk-behind tractor with a furrow attachment.
     
  7. FIREMAN

    FIREMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from n.j.
    Posts: 318

    ASK KIRBY ABOUT THAT AEROVATOR THING HE HAS..SEEMS LIKE JUST THE THING FOR YOU PROBLEM.
     
  8. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Fireman, I've already spoke to Anthony about this. They are looking for a walk behind machine to do this, I know of none. The Aera-Vator would be ideal though.
     
  9. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 268

    A Tiller?
     
  10. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    It isnt a walk behind but a D10 with a single tine ripper ought to get you at least started,be careful a D11 might be a little big.
     

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