What implement should I use?
Posted August 08, 2011 - 09:50 AM
Would a box scraper/box blade be ok, or a rototiller? Any suggestions on other implements would be helpful also. I would need something I could pull on the back of my Bolens 1050 to do about 39000 sqft of yard.
Also, Anyone know how long it would take to do this size yard?
Posted August 08, 2011 - 10:32 AM
Posted August 08, 2011 - 10:46 AM
If you are dealing with many rocks, Have the rake come back.
Posted August 08, 2011 - 02:09 PM
Posted August 08, 2011 - 02:16 PM
I am afraid a box scraper will be to aggressive. You may be able to get a hold of a rigid tooth drag or a section of spring tooth. You do not need much loose dirt for grass seed. An inch would be plenty.
Thanks. I don't think there are many rocks, maybe pebble size ones but nothing large that I ever saw. I was hoping to avoid tilling and hoping a box scrape would work, but I will see if I can find one.
Posted August 08, 2011 - 02:44 PM
Posted August 08, 2011 - 03:09 PM
Posted August 08, 2011 - 05:01 PM
Posted August 08, 2011 - 05:05 PM
If you can find an old set of metal bed springs, they do wonders. Flip up side down and drag away, they work great.
If you only want to churn up a half inch or so, Kenny has the right idea. I have also used expanded metal (scrap) like they put in the floor of TSC trailers. Put cement blocks on for weight and start dragging it around. It will warp over mileage, so be prepared to flip & end for end once in a while.
Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:49 PM
We had a 5ft new one back when I worked for the landscaper.
What it is is a combination of a Box scraper, Scarafier, Landscapers rake and it has a soil pulverizer at the back.
It is adjustable to all types of soil conditions, each section can be adjusted to engage the ground more or less for whatever your needs are. The rear drum, puverizer roller is always down, engaged.
This will smooth out the roughest ground and break up all the chunks of clay to give a ready to sod surface. You can make it dig in, loosen up the soil, break up the soil and smooth it out in 1 pass.
We would run over a grass covered lawn with it, 3 or 4 passes and you would never know there was grass there, we did this for resoding jobs.
I can't find a picture of it but I found a Video of something similar, this one looks like it doesn't have the box scraper in it.
If someone can translate the Video it would give more info.
Posted August 08, 2011 - 07:36 PM
Posted August 09, 2011 - 04:28 AM
Posted August 09, 2011 - 08:59 AM
Posted August 09, 2011 - 04:13 PM
Yes, like ducky said, I think a spike tooth harrow would be fine for the soil you describe.
I planted 40 lbs of White Clover in a Cornfield this spring and used a spike tooth harrow behind my 318 and got a beautiful stand.