Leveling alot of really messed up lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by fatbatmanstan, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. fatbatmanstan

    fatbatmanstan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I am a 23 year old gardener from the south east of the U.K. I have recently taken over a post redeveloping the ground of a house built in 1612 (cool, I know).

    I will have to re do the lawn soon. It is un even, but has lots of tracks in now due to diggers and dumpers running around all the time. I was originally going to rake in top soil and seed, now Im not so sure.

    There is a walled garden, and I have been advised to just plow it up, roll it straight, and then seed it.

    The soil is clay, not to heavy, but typical for this area.

    Does any one have any suggestions? Any help would be much appreciated

  2. Timberman

    Timberman LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Messages: 23

    My harley rake would do well for that job, that's a common scenario for me. Smooth it out, add some new topsoil and grade that out, put down your seed or sod.
  3. fatbatmanstan

    fatbatmanstan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Cheers for the advice m8.

    You might have to excuse my ignorance, but whats a harley rake?

    Does it go on the back of a tractor?

  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    on the back of a tractor or on the front of a skid steer.

    it is sort of llike a tiller
  5. fatbatmanstan

    fatbatmanstan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I think he has a plow and would prefer to use that than hire or buy a new tool.

    If I plowed it, smoothed it, and the added top soil and seed, that would be ok?

    Sorry, im fairly new to this side of horticulture, and hav'nt done much amenity, let alone landscaping on this scale since college!


  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,584

    :drinkup: The Harley rake will basically level off the high spots and mopve the soil to the low spots. Bust up the soil, remove any existing vegetation, rake it level, adding soil as needed. This would be a good tim to do a soil test too. Find out what the nutrient requirements, pH are, etc. Good luck. Sounds like a pretty cool challenge. Feel free to post some pics. I'd love to see the before and after.:drinkup:
  7. fatbatmanstan

    fatbatmanstan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Cheers mate, will post pics when I have some good ones!

  8. Allen's LS

    Allen's LS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 0

    Did you say the house was built in 1612??? That is freakin history. That is cooler than hell. Sorry for the language. But really that is neat. I can't imagin working on a garden that is that old. I would love to see the before and after pics. :drinkup:
  9. fatbatmanstan

    fatbatmanstan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    lol. Yeah will defiantly put up some pics.

    Some more history for you..

    Theres a womens prison about fifty metres away, and the house was originally built for the prison wardens wife when the prison warden died (the prison is old as well).

    I was told that the whole grounds and the fields surrounding the prison were originally designed by Capability Brown. He never came in person, but he used to do mail order designs.

    Unfortunatley it was a school for a while, so they would of probably ripped trees and planted new ones, and changed some of the landscape, so even if he did, theres not much to show for it. But its still pretty cool.

    cheers guys


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