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10 hours ago, CentralVaNATS said:

In other news my snow shovel finally getting used this season for some sand lawn leveling. 5729c4504cd903e630e2e8af0e551fbe.jpg

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Curious to know more about this.

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2 hours ago, Eskimo Joe said:

Curious to know more about this.

Me too.  I've got an "old" yard and there are a lot of uneven areas that I've thought about trying to fix.  I don't even mind if its a two or three year project, but I'm not sure when or how to go about it.

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35 minutes ago, nw baltimore wx said:

Me too.  I've got an "old" yard and there are a lot of uneven areas that I've thought about trying to fix.  I don't even mind if its a two or three year project, but I'm not sure when or how to go about it.

I’m dealing with that now. I recently cleared another 1/2 acre in the back and the ground was too uneven to mow. I’ve been using my pick axe, shovel and rake to just chop up then level everything. It would be much easier with a cultivator but I like doing things by hand to get a workout. I’m not really a fan of using the weights so if I can get a workout while doing something productive that’s better.  I’m sure it would be a lot easier to buy sand and topsoil but it’s way too large an area for that. $$$

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44 minutes ago, psuhoffman said:

I’m dealing with that now. I recently cleared another 1/2 acre in the back and the ground was too uneven to mow. I’ve been using my pick axe, shovel and rake to just chop up then level everything. It would be much easier with a cultivator but I like doing things by hand to get a workout. I’m not really a fan of using the weights so if I can get a workout while doing something productive that’s better.  I’m sure it would be a lot easier to buy sand and topsoil but it’s way too large an area for that. $$$

FWIW - I can relate to not caring for weights and preferring to get a workout the natural way.  When it came to reclaiming about a 1/2 acre of our property back in 2010, just the workout from power tools alone was enough for me.  We had weeds 5 feet high, old stumps, trees, rocks and all kinds of stuff that we removed to reclaim the space.  Filled two 30 yard dumpsters and 4 dump trucks with the debris.  

In reference to the uneven terrain in your newly recovered back yard, here's a few thoughts...  Our half acre was also rough - like a washboard.  So, I rented one of the best contraptions ever invented by mankind.  It's called a power landscape rake.  You need a smallish tractor with a rear 540rpm PTO to power it and tow it.  A category 1 hitch on a small BX Kubota works well - can rent them at Home Depot for a reasonable fee with loader and backhoe if you have heavy stuff to move.  

The power rake we rented was 5 foot long and it worked extremely well behind my BX Kubota.  The power rake has a long cylinder about 10" in diameter with a bunch of solid carbide teeth that stick out a couple inches.  The cylinder spins at a decent whirl and pulverizes anything it comes in contact with.  It will kick out rocks that weigh 10 lbs without missing a beat.  When at an angle the rake does a phenomenal job leveling things out and wind-rowing the debris it kicks up.  You can adjust how much "bite" the rake takes with each pass and with a little trial and error, we were smoothing things out and clearing the rocks in 5 foot swaths.  One afternoon with the power rake and our ground was smooth and ready for the seed (300 lbs of it) and 50/50 mix on top. (200 cubic yards of the mix)

In the end, I managed to grow the best 1/2 acre of crabgrass and other weeds you've ever seen.  But, it's level and free of ruts and much better than what we started with.  

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Me too.  I've got an "old" yard and there are a lot of uneven areas that I've thought about trying to fix.  I don't even mind if its a two or three year project, but I'm not sure when or how to go about it.
You are în need of about 1 cubic yard of sand pe 1000sqft to get about 1/2" coverage. Also prior to doing this you need to take the lawn/weeds/grass to scalping mode. Get it close as possible to the ground that way the sand will work easier I to the canopy of the grass crowns. It will be hard work and will have to do it over 2 season minimum. Sand Works better than compost since organic matter breaks down overtime. No nutrient added value from the sand but the purpose of this is to level the lawn. Good luck and there are plenty of YouTube vids on this also.

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One thing about livin on 6 acres in Central Texas is I keep plenty busy. Mowing grass, its already spring down here big time, 62 dewpoints. Feedin the miniature donkeys, cats, puppies, cleaning the house, disinfecting the touchpoints all over, sweeping all the oak leaves all the time, work work work! Sure I'm "quarantined" but I dont get to sit around and "enjoy" it like so many folks. Gotta keep busy and work is life down here in the Deep South LOL!

 

I keep an eye on the news but I dont let it bother me too much, I keep busy and I am damn GLAD I dont live in New York City.

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