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So I just removed 5 trees from my backyard and moved the shed from the middle of the yard where the previous owner had it to the back edge of woods.

I need to regrade and seed the whole area. There is existing grass all around but I figure I will just do the whole backyard grass area, it is only about .25 acres worth of grass behind the pool and before the woods.

I am thinking to till it first since there are some high and low spots, not bad but enough it rocks the 1025 and can scalp with mower depending on angle of approach. Then rent a Harley Rake and put down seed and roll it. What are your thoughts?

Should I do this now since it is late in the season or just wait until spring?

Or just do the grading work now and then seed in spring?

Any ideas or advice are helpful when it comes to grass I have no idea. I live in Yorktown, VA close to the water.


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Where I live I would wait. If I did the grading now I would just have mud, then frozen mud all winter, then more mud in the spring. It would dry out quicker in the spring if I let it be then could start on the grading and be able to seed/mulch right away.

A Harley Rake is certainly the proper tool but I doubt you would be able to run it with your 1-series. You would need to rent a skid steer along with it.

But with only a 1/4 acre you would do well enough with a tiller and rake I think.
 

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Unsure what your normal winters are like, I know up here you can't really reseed after the first frost. Depends on your winters, but what's the harm in waiting if you need too. :good2:
 

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Where I live I would wait. If I did the grading now I would just have mud, then frozen mud all winter, then more mud in the spring. It would dry out quicker in the spring if I let it be then could start on the grading and be able to seed/mulch right away.

A Harley Rake is certainly the proper tool but I doubt you would be able to run it with your 1-series. You would need to rent a skid steer along with it.

But with only a 1/4 acre you would do well enough with a tiller and rake I think.
Thanks coaltrain, I don’t think I would have that much issue with mud here, only get a few snow storms a year and they melt pretty quick. I was thinking the time for the top soil to settle over winter would be good but I’m no expert. But it is a good point.

I called the local sunbelt that rents the Harley Rake and the rental manager thinks I should have no issues with Harley Rake as long as I till it first. I am still worried like you said that it won’t be able to handle it. So we will see, it’s only $79 to rent for the day so I might give it a shot. Still undecided.


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So I just removed 5 trees from my backyard and moved the shed from the middle of the yard where the previous owner had it to the back edge of woods.

I need to regrade and seed the whole area. There is existing grass all around but I figure I will just do the whole backyard grass area, it is only about .25 acres worth of grass behind the pool and before the woods.

I am thinking to till it first since there are some high and low spots, not bad but enough it rocks the 1025 and can scalp with mower depending on angle of approach. Then rent a Harley Rake and put down seed and roll it. What are your thoughts?

Should I do this now since it is late in the season or just wait until spring?

Or just do the grading work now and then seed in spring?

Any ideas or advice are helpful when it comes to grass I have no idea. I live in Yorktown, VA close to the water.


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Hey there, Dedge. I’m fashionably late to this thread but whether or not to do it now also depends upon what kind of grass you plan to use. Cool season grasses (fescue, here in NC) might be just fine still. In fact, there’s an old superstition about throwing grass seed out on top of first snow to get the very best stand. A golf course superintendent buddy taught me that trick. If you are planting a warm season grass (like Bermuda), you should probably wait till spring.
 
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