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Best way to grade and seed 3 acres?! HELP!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Tyler7692, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    Hi! I am new to this side of the business and I have a guy that would like me to give him an estimate on grading and seeding 3 acres (He just had a home built on it.)

    Obviously I will have to rent a tractor and box grader?
    What would I seed with?

    How much time are we looking at here to do this job?

    Thanks for any and all help and tips.
  2. big_country

    big_country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    Need more information on what kind of prep your looking at. But by all means you'll want a 3pt broadcast seeder or its going to be hell.
  3. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    my experience would say a small 4x4 tractor like a kubota with a front loaderand box blade. You may also want to get a grader blade and screen drag. I can't tell you how to bid but I can tell you it will take you alot longer than you think. also see if he is willing to put an irrigation system in. this will make your life easier after you seed.
  4. echo8287

    echo8287 LawnSite Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 113

    I use an old Gill rollover box blade and a Gill pulverizer. They make better implements for this these days, but I bought them a long time ago and they still work fine.David
  5. Oasis-Outdoor

    Oasis-Outdoor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    A compact tractor is definitely what you want for the job. Ask the rental facility if they have a "harley rake". This will till, grade, and smooth the soil. Use the search function on this website for harley rake and you will see the results it produces. If you are doing an area this large, your investment in seed and preparation would payoff better if you use a seeding implement, rather than broadcasting the seed. Inquire about a Brillion or Land Pride primary seeder with your tractor rental. This will help assure good seed contact with the soil. You may also want to consider mulching the area with straw to preserve moisture and help protect the seed-bed during germination.Generally straw will introduce less weed seeds into the area than hay. The final consideration is applying a starter fertilizer (18-24-12). Good luck with your project!
  6. OutdoorSpecialist

    OutdoorSpecialist LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Tractor w/ bucket, I like to use a gill and then harley rake. i would probly hydroseed something like that. it would take me about 3 days to be on the safe side, and to do it right the first time. good luck
  7. jrlandscaping781

    jrlandscaping781 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Ditto on Oasis' response...Here is what a Harley rake can do for you....wish I had a before pic
  8. jrlandscaping781

    jrlandscaping781 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

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