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Regraded my backyard with my rear blade then brought in 60 yards of topsoil and spread with landscaping rake getting it hydroseeded tomorrow. It was my first time using the rake but it came out really nice as far as I can tell. Here are some pics along the way:

Arrived first week in August
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These show the topsoil dropped and back-bladed with FEL. I'm not too good at getting smooth with the bucket.
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My helper just showed up
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A little hand raking on the edge of the new walkway on the right
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Helper says time to take the backhoe off and put the rake on
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Now a bunch of circles with the rake
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Ready for seeding
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Old supervisor is proud of the job well done
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I also have a couple of videos of raking but I don't know how to upload those.
 

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Regraded my backyard with my rear blade then brought in 60 yards of topsoil and spread with landscaping rake getting it hydroseeded tomorrow. It was my first time using the rake but it came out really nice as far as I can tell. Here are some pics along the way:

Arrived first week in August
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These show the topsoil dropped and back-bladed with FEL. I'm not too good at getting smooth with the bucket.
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My helper just showed up
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A little hand raking on the edge of the new walkway on the right
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Helper says time to take the backhoe off and put the rake on
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Now a bunch of circles with the rake
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Ready for seeding
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Old supervisor is proud of the job well done
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I also have a couple of videos of raking but I don't know how to upload those.

nice!


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Let's try the videos now. These have to be the most boring videos....unless you own a tractor of course.



 

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Very nice job. :bigthumb:

Thanks for the photos and video.:bigthumb:
 
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Nice job. I bet you had some fun doing all that. :good2:
 
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Nice . It came out nice.:bigthumb:
 

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I agree with others, looks good. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Looks good! There was a time when I'd finish rake the entire area by hand after rough grading with the york rake and prior to seeding. I must have been crazy back then but it did come out great. Just a couple of comments. If you set the rake at an angle and slow down you'll spread the topsoil much more evenly. You'll finish the job with fewer spoil piles, passes and less compaction.
 

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Looks good! There was a time when I'd finish rake the entire area by hand after rough grading with the york rake and prior to seeding. I must have been crazy back then but it did come out great. Just a couple of comments. If you set the rake at an angle and slow down you'll spread the topsoil much more evenly. You'll finish the job with fewer spoil piles, passes and less compaction.
:thumbup1gif:I do ok with a landscape rake but Babycakes can smooth out a pile of rocks. It takes more practice than one thinks.
 

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Looks good! There was a time when I'd finish rake the entire area by hand after rough grading with the york rake and prior to seeding. I must have been crazy back then but it did come out great. Just a couple of comments. If you set the rake at an angle and slow down you'll spread the topsoil much more evenly. You'll finish the job with fewer spoil piles, passes and less compaction.

Well, I have to admit, I did go over lightly with a hand rake in some spots just to smooth some things out and get some of the very small rocks that my big rake left behind.

Thanks for the suggestions on the angle of the rake. It was my first time so I really didn't know what I was doing. So, when you say set it at an angle, I'm assuming you mean lengthen the top link so that the tines are lower and it should dig in more? Now that I read your comment again, I think you mean just angle the rake on the horizontal plane. Yes, I did that when I was rough raking and regrading so all the junk pushed to one side. That did help a lot. The topsoil was already screened so I was just smoothing it out but I can still see how it might have helped if I angled it.

Thanks again.
 

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Wow, good job! When you back blade just put it in the float mode but with a rake, why bother. That rake does a great job. :bigthumb:
 

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I guess I am not sure what you mean by putting back blade in float mode. Can you explain how you do this exactly? If you are talking about back dragging with FEL, I get that, but a back blade, I don't.

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Well, I have to admit, I did go over lightly with a hand rake in some spots just to smooth some things out and get some of the very small rocks that my big rake left behind.

Thanks for the suggestions on the angle of the rake. It was my first time so I really didn't know what I was doing. So, when you say set it at an angle, I'm assuming you mean lengthen the top link so that the tines are lower and it should dig in more? Now that I read your comment again, I think you mean just angle the rake on the horizontal plane. Yes, I did that when I was rough raking and regrading so all the junk pushed to one side. That did help a lot. The topsoil was already screened so I was just smoothing it out but I can still see how it might have helped if I angled it.

Thanks again.
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Just thought I would put a cap on this project by showing the finished product four weeks later. I just removed all the fencing (to keep the dogs out) and did my first mow. I'm now a believer in hydroseeding. It came up quick and pretty full. We had an extremely dry summer/fall here in the northeast and didn't really water it as much as I should because I didn't want to drain my well so there a few spots that are thin. I'll probably do some overseeding in the spring but for now it looks good to me and ready to take on the winter.
 

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Very nice job . . . . And it's all about learning and being open to suggestions. :kidw_truck_smiley:
 

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As long as it's done right, hydroseeding is the way to go. My lawn is like a golf course(I did the site prep and supplied the seed) and I hired the seeding out.
Every year the lawn thickens and gets better. I plug and overseed yearly and couldn't be happier with the results. Your projects looks to be a huge success!!!!

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Wow, good job! When you back blade just put it in the float mode but with a rake, why bother. That rake does a great job. :bigthumb:
It's all in a word.

I guess I am not sure what you mean by putting back blade in float mode. Can you explain how you do this exactly? If you are talking about back dragging with FEL, I get that, but a back blade, I don't.

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That's what the OP was saying, that's why I said "when". :flag_of_truce:
 
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