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Skidsteer - spreading dirt

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ATV, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. ATV

    ATV LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I'm running into a problem. I'm hauling in black dirt (more like peat) and spreading it on a yard. What I've been doing is carrying the dirt in the bucket, then I dump and back up to sort of spread it. Then I tilt the bucket and back-drag. What I'm finding is that using the bucket the dirt gets really, really compressed and hard. So then when I go to drag the yard, a lot of the dirt is so hard it doesn't move.

    I am wondering if there is a batter way. Should I:

    A) Put dirt into small piles around the yard and try to spread it by pulling the drag around the yard.


    B) Rent a landplane

    or is there a better way?
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    I'll do as your doing , then take the harley rake over it.
  3. ATV

    ATV LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure that would work. We are all sand here. If I took the harley rake to it, I'm asuming the black dirt would probably disappear and we would stir up the sand and bring it to the top. I'd like to keep the black dirt on top of the sand.
  4. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from southeast PA
    Messages: 399

    Sounds like you are creating layers. You probably do want to mix it into the sand somewhat.

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Use a Toro Dingo and tilt the bucket down and use just the edge to back blade the dirt.
  6. jmerritt07

    jmerritt07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

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