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Leveling landscape

treegump

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I live in town, but I think the answer could carry over to any piece of property:

If I want to level my yard, how would be the best way to do so?

Pull behind tiller, plow, box grader, or other?

I was looking into a box grader because I think it'd be handy for the alley way, my drive way, and in general. But I have a friend that said they'd lend me a pull behind tiller.

Thoughts?
 

Will L.

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How much material is the important question.
I had to level off my back yard about 15 years ago and have excess hauled off. 11 loads of 40’ end dump semi trailers worth. That is nearly 1000 yards. If I had tried that with a small piece of equipment it would take a year and a thousand gallons of fuel.

Take the time to measure: length, width, then a simple line level on a string to determine height. Once you know the cubic yardage then one can determine best route. People often under estimate how much dirt there is to move.
 

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How much material is the important question.
I had to level off my back yard about 15 years ago and have excess hauled off. 11 loads of 40’ end dump semi trailers worth. That is nearly 1000 yards. If I had tried that with a small piece of equipment it would take a year and a thousand gallons of fuel.

Take the time to measure: length, width, then a simple line level on a string to determine height. Once you know the cubic yardage then one can determine best route. People often under estimate how much dirt there is to move.
You could have had that hauled to My yard, then, I would have been elevated above flood level. LOLOLOL
 

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My yard is a small yard, maybe 75' x 75'. It's very densly packed because no matter what vehicle or trailer I pull through it, I don't think I've ever left a rut. That's why I thought either a tiller or box scraper would help - if I loosen the surface and level the 1"-6", it should be relatively easy. May take a while, but relatively cheap and easy.
 

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Skid steer with a harley rake. Either ride in if thats to big a stand on like a Dingo
 

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Skid steer with a harley rake. Either ride in if thats to big a stand on like a Dingo
Had to google that one. Looks like it'll cost me $200/day for the skidsteer and $145/day for the harley rake from Sunbelt Tool Rental - assuming they lend to private individuals.

Cheaper, I suppose, than purchasing something for the tractor. Might be a good time to pick up a few loads of gravel with the truck and pull it out with the bucket and somewhat smooth it out. Rent the equipment on a weekend - maybe they'd only charge for a day...
 

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Are you just trying to get rid of bumps and lows spots or actually try to change the grade?
The first and try to grown grass. PO had a pool so there's an indention that no grass will grow well in. I hadn't considered changing grade but there is a storm drain in the alley to the northeast of the property that I wouldn't mind both the sump pump and yard drainage to go to...
 

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So it'll probably take several attempts to get a fairly smooth yard unless you use a compactor. The material you fill in the low spots with will compact and leave the low spot there again just not so bad. It's pretty amazing how you can smooth out an area and then come back later and it won't be all that smooth anymore.
 
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