I searched around and found some good information here but I'm having some trouble putting it together, so I'm asking for help here. I've never had to start a lawn from scratch so I'm kind of lost.
We built a new house last year and with it came about 1.5 acres of cleared land. The "landscaper" put down some sort of seed and covered it with hay but very little of anything came up. I'm in east-central Virginia - just outside of Richmond if that helps.
So far, I've rototilled (by hand) one side of the yard and I'm digging up all sorts of large roots and tree debris that just got covered up when he smoothed things out. I will not continue to do this with my rear-tine tiller as I'm just too old for this nonsense. Since then I've purchased a 2018 2032R to help with this project.
The dirt (if you can call it that) is clay mixed with sand. I know I need top soil before anything is going to grow but this is where my questions start. Should I get a 3-4" thick layer of topsoil and leave it alone, or should I mix it in?
What is the best implement for doing this? My Deere dealer will rent me a Harley Rake if that would work. I hate to buy a PTO tiller as I'm hoping this is a one-time project. I have a set of harrows and a spring tine cultivator that I guess could tear up the ground in preparation for the top soil?
Thanks for any advice and I'm sure I'll be updating this with more questions as they come along.