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    Best 1025r Attachment for Preparing a New Lawn

    I have a 1025r and about an acre of land around a new home build that I need to get finish graded for grass seeding. Rough grading has been done by the builder, but wonder what the best attachment is for breaking up soil so I can finish the job. I was thinking a small disc harrow followed by a chain harrow. Or should I look at a Tiller of some kind. Soil is not clay if that helps. Thank You!

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    Howdy. You haven't given much info to help you. Is it rocky, sandy, big clumps or just reg dirt mix? Are you adding fertilizer or lime to it? Is it graded the way you want it or do you have to shape it? Lots of questions... Any pics?
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    https://www.iowafarmequipment.com/ha...-rakes.html#T6

    If I did yards for a living, I would have one of these.
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    Spartazoo is right. I had a guy do my front yard 18 months ago with a Harley Rake and I was impressed. You can use it for many things and it does the job well and quickly. They're expensive as one for your 1 series will cost around 6500.
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    I don't think he wants to spend a small fortune for a one time deal it sounds like? I was thinking a box blade or landscape rake. They can do the job just as well. Not sure what kind of dirt he is working with but my yard is clay and rock and did I mention rock? I have been clearing out the dead or dying trees on my 4 Acres and after rough grading with a Dozer I use the BB and the rake to do the finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smoffatt61 View Post
    I have a 1025r and about an acre of land around a new home build that I need to get finish graded for grass seeding. Rough grading has been done by the builder, but wonder what the best attachment is for breaking up soil so I can finish the job. I was thinking a small disc harrow followed by a chain harrow. Or should I look at a Tiller of some kind. Soil is not clay if that helps. Thank You!
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    Hard to beat a tiller for long-term use. The tiller leaves the yard 'fluffy', which is great for a garden, but not a good finished product for the yard because it won't be perfectly level when packed. You can spend $6500 on a Harley Rake...but I doubt that is realistic for you. (It is NOT realistic for me at this point).

    I found a used 'soil pulverizer' on craigslist. After tilling, it will pack the soil down again, doing some leveling as you go.

    Here is a video:

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    I don't think he wants to spend a small fortune for a one time deal it sounds like? I was thinking a box blade or landscape rake. They can do the job just as well. Not sure what kind of dirt he is working with but my yard is clay and rock and did I mention rock? I have been clearing out the dead or dying trees on my 4 Acres and after rough grading with a Dozer I use the BB and the rake to do the finish.
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    I would use a tiller, then a landscape rake. You can rent both.
    Once the soil is loosened up and leveled, you can use a chain drag/harrow to get it real nice. Then add seed and pack it with a light roller (don't want a real heavy roller, just heavy enough to get the seed in good contact with the soil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartazoo View Post
    https://www.iowafarmequipment.com/ha...-rakes.html#T6

    If I did yards for a living, I would have one of these.
    Been wanting one of these for a long time. Price keeps it from happening.

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    Hard to beat a tiller for long-term use. The tiller leaves the yard 'fluffy', which is great for a garden, but not a good finished product for the yard because it won't be perfectly level when packed. You can spend $6500 on a Harley Rake...but I doubt that is realistic for you. (It is NOT realistic for me at this point).

    I found a used 'soil pulverizer' on craigslist. After tilling, it will pack the soil down again, doing some leveling as you go. We intend to have a video with ours posted tomorrow. I'll add it to this thread if I can remember :-)
    HA! Now I know what you got! Be watching the video later.
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    You really need to loosen up the soil if you're going to seed. It is what I purchased my tiller for and pretty much all I've ever utilized it for. A landscape rake is great for getting those final grading passes close, but it only loosens soil up on the surface. The seed may start in it if closely watered, but the roots will have trouble penetrating to any depth and as quickly as that the moisture will dry from surface looseness, it won't survive long term.

    On thin areas, I'll use a core aerator and make a few passes over it. It loosens the soil without destroying the grass that is in place like a tiller will.

    Slopes are another area you have to cautious about---especially if there is any appreciable amount of runoff. A tiller really loosens the soil, a big sown pour could have all the tilled soil at the bottom of the slope along with the seed. Unless it is just plain bare, I typically utilize the aerator on slopes as it is not so prone erosion. If you till, you'll need seed mats, hay bails, or similar products to control erosion form the runoff. Sometimes, sod is the only answer for a slope.

    I've never really had much of an issue with unevenness from tilling. You have to watch your rows and how you turn. Some raking of the loose soil to even out those type of things out is unavoidable. The tilled soil moves easily and that process goes quickly.
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