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Ideas for minimizing yard disturbance

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,079

    Utility contractors here have been using crane mats which are basically super duty pallets 8 ft by 16ft or so. They run miles of them under the lines they're constructing. Think it's for erosion environmental regulations, keeps them from picking up mud and dragging into the road.

    Anyway, take your plywood and make a sandwich with 4x4s in the middle. That way they'll push against each other more than slide around.

    That said it'll never work on that hill in the photo :confused:
  2. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    I’ve also heard of 4x8 plywood that has predrilled holes in each corner stakes down with 12” spikes u get when doing pavers.

    When bidding jobs that will create problems like this I just imagine if someone were to call me because a utility company did the damage and wanted to pay me to fix it. It gets worked into the bid.
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  3. giantlandscape.com

    giantlandscape.com LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    We just buy plywood and replace it every year. Seems cheap compared to $2800.
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  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,701

    Plywood, tracked skid steer has always worked well for us. Top soil and seed to finish.
    I have a buddy who has steel plates that connect together, he has used them for last 10 yrs, they work unbelievably well.
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  5. OP
    DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,781

    I’m more interested in steel plates. Buy them one time and you have them forever. Problem is, I do not have time to look for them to buy (used)!
  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,278

    D99CD4ED-A486-4F68-B3F5-FCADB7EF93C0.jpeg Had our mats out today. Very wet. 33k truck.
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  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,701

    He just retired and may still have them
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  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,504

    Harley rake for the fine grade

    All machine work
    Very little manual labor involved
    There’s more manual labor involved with loading/unloading/transporting/ cleaning/ strapping down etc etc of the plywood/plates/mats.

    We’ve tried everything
    Topsoil and hydroseed requires the least of everything

    Even with mats/plates you still have yard repair unless the traveling back and forth can be done in a day and it’s a very short job.
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  9. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,079

    Right. I just did a backyard job hauling lots of soil to the back. Just sprinkled screened topsoil on my way out raked it level real quickly and seeded it. Probably 15 minutes and $20 material.

    Just about any job is going to involve topsoil and seeding already anyway.
  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,504

    The OP is trying to eliminate the RAKING

    I think the key is using a Harley rake

    You can get a turbo turf or easy lawn hydroseeder reasonably cheap too

    We use Finn but they’re pricey However WE do predominately topsoil seed work.

    If your hydroseed work is limited to small or repair type work... I would suggest one of the jetted (cheaper) models

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