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From Raw Land to Lawn and the Steps You Take in Between

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,614

    What are your methods from start to finish?
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Really depends on what you are starting with. In an ideal situation you have good topsoil, the PH is correct, etc. If it is forested around here you are in for lots of rocks, stumps, grading. If you are stripping the land than your best bet is add organics to back into it. On my property I cleared about 1/2 an acre of land that was cleared about 80 years ago. We went in and cleared all the brush, removed the trees and smaller stumps, rough graded it, removed large boulders, power raked it, installed seed and PH correction.
  3. Cloud9Landscapes

    Cloud9Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ca
    Messages: 558

    Remove any trees or large plants using a brush hog.
    Irrigate the area using temporary impact sprinklers to germinate all seeds.
    Spray area with Round-up or Garlon
    Remove all the debris.
    Rough grade.
    Soil test
    Till in amendments and fertilizers.
    Irrigation installed: trenched, pipe layed, sprinklers installed, infill.
    Final grade.
    Sod (good quality, do yourself the favor)
    Mow after about 3 weeks. Mow high at first and then slowly take down the height of cut.

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