All, I cut into my lawn a little bit with my box blade to put in a temporary above ground pool which is fifteen feet across. I’m trying to finish the leveling with my box blade - it’s slow going and quite tedious work.
Despite hand raking, 1-3” rocks continue to appear right at the surface. My understanding is that these will shred a liner even if flush with the ground.
I ordered a bottom-liner-protector which is apparently a 1/8” piece of felt that is cut to the exact dimension of the pool
Any advice for what implement to use to get rid of these small rocks and leave the earth intact? I don’t want to disturb the soil much (want to avoid disturbing the compaction). Something I can scrape across the surface that would basically just loosen rocks and make them easier to handrake or whatever? (Again, the surface area isn’t massive only fifteen feet across)
Have read not to build the area up with virgin soil. (may shift/settle and the rocks will work their way to surface)
I have access to a Ratchet Rake (have yet to use it), landscape rake (doesn’t fit well, being replaced soon), box blade, and piranha toothbar.
My concern with the landscape rake other than the fact that I would manually have to remove my I match and manually pin it on, is that it likes to dig itself in if the gauge wheels flex at all
Will ratchet rake be useful for this at all?