What is the best way to level unenven ground before laying sod?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by MowingMowingMowing, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    I have a 35' long, 20' wide area that is slightly sloped that needs to be leveled and sodded. The ground needs to be leveled before we lay the sod.

    What is the best way to do this? I have an idea in mind, but want to hear your opinions.

    The slope is not terrible, but dirt will definitely to either be taken from the high spot and put in the low or possibly bring some topsoil in.

    Would tilling it and tamping it down be a bad idea?
     
  2. Specialized

    Specialized LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    I would probably till it and run a vibratory plate compactor over it a few times. Make sure to still have the iron rake handy to pull the excess (read: stuff that didnt get compacted that was right next to the compactor) around and even it all out, then run the compactor over it a few more times. I did this the other day installing a kennel for a customer, wanted perfectly even ground and then wanted to lay these rubber mats for the floors. Worked beautifully.
     
  3. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
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    Sound like this would also work to level ground for easy set up pools also. That is a problem Im facing now.
     
  4. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    I think the plate compactor might be a little much for this job.

    I think I'm just going to till it up, mix in topsoil, tamp it a little, make sure it is all level, then lay all the sod.
     
  5. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    Either get out the shovels or learn how to run a skidloader.
     
  6. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
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    google "harley rake"


    harleyRake.jpg
     
  7. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 526

    That would be overkill for this particular job (I didn't specify in the initial post, my bad). This is just a small 35' by 20' residential back yard. Hell, that machine wouldn't even make it through the gate. Gotta admit though, it looks badass!
     
  8. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    just curious...does the Toro Dingo have a harley rake attachment?
     
  9. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
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  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,847

    Yes and it is AWESOME for small areas.
     

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