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Since I’ve been off with the baby I’ve been working on clearing out the weird planter beds in my back yard. I think I’m up to 12 yard waste bags of ground ivy and pachysandras. Later this month I’m getting 5 yards of pulverized topsoil to level those beds out with my neighbors roller and my level lawn rake. I know 5 yards is a lot of dirt but I have plenty of low spots in the side and front if I have extra. Need to get this spruce cut down and will be running the smaller tree on the left through the chipper at the same time.

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this backyard gets about 4-5 hours of filtered light in the morning and then shade all afternoon. All last year I cut it at 3-3.5” and dealt with fungus and it laying down all the time. Have been mowing it at 2.25” but dropped it to 1.75” today and it looks even better. Want to get it nice and level so i can keep it at 1.25” possibly. Getting into reel mowing is tempting but I don’t feel like having to deal with sand leveling yet.

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do all this shit while you can because once that pooop factory is mobile, and you're back to work. LOOK THE FUCK OUT
 

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do all this shit while you can because once that pooop factory is mobile, and you're back to work. LOOK THE FUCK OUT
that’s my thought. Won’t have hours at a time to drink Busch lights and pull weeds while listening to podcasts then :rofl:.
 

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You guys have it easy. When they are young at least you get nap time to do stuff. My daughter is turning 5 and stopped napping about 18 months ago. My son is in all types of sports so time is at a premium.

I’ve considered a lawn service, but they don’t do as good of a job and I enjoy mowing for the exercise and stress relief.
 

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You guys have it easy. When they are young at least you get nap time to do stuff. My daughter is turning 5 and stopped napping about 18 months ago. My son is in all types of sports so time is at a premium.

I’ve considered a lawn service, but they don’t do as good of a job and I enjoy mowing for the exercise and stress relief.
My 11 yr old twin girls have a job, dog crap clean up before I cut the grass. They wanted the dog, the condition was that they clean up the yard. It's like pulling teeth to get them to do it, but it gets done.
 

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Anyone here ever top level your lawn with sand and/or dirt + seed? I've been doing some youtubing about this. Basically will fill in any uneven areas and then seed and bare spots as well. You should end up with a nice level yard and a thick grass grow? Just looking at more info from anyone who has done this in the past. I may do this to my back yard.
 

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My 11 yr old twin girls have a job, dog crap clean up before I cut the grass. They wanted the dog, the condition was that they clean up the yard. It's like pulling teeth to get them to do it, but it gets done.
Yup. Same here. I won't do dog doody. They wanted the dog...
 

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My 11 yr old twin girls have a job, dog crap clean up before I cut the grass. They wanted the dog, the condition was that they clean up the yard. It's like pulling teeth to get them to do it, but it gets done.
Same here, they also feed and bathe the dogs.
 

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FIrst dog we had, I wanted. That was pre-kids. I cleaned up after and took care of the dog I would say 98% of the time over his life.

I didn't want another dog knowing they'd expect that same 98% level of work out of me. I was overruleld by the 3 of them and I don't let them live it down. I tried warning and pleading my case, now they get to hear me complaining about it. LOL

I still end up doing 95% of the work for this dog, but I'm a real softie for dogs. And she (the dog) love me the most in the house anyways! :love::ROFLMAO:
 

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Anyone here ever top level your lawn with sand and/or dirt + seed? I've been doing some youtubing about this. Basically will fill in any uneven areas and then seed and bare spots as well. You should end up with a nice level yard and a thick grass grow? Just looking at more info from anyone who has done this in the past. I may do this to my back yard.
hmm I’m also curious on this as well. The lawn in the back is a giant trip hazard of dips and bumps.
 

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Anyone here ever top level your lawn with sand and/or dirt + seed? I've been doing some youtubing about this. Basically will fill in any uneven areas and then seed and bare spots as well. You should end up with a nice level yard and a thick grass grow? Just looking at more info from anyone who has done this in the past. I may do this to my back yard.

I’m doing my small backyard with soil later this month. Primarily because I have to fill in old spade edging but I’m going to smooth out the whole thing while I’m at it. From what I read once you do sand you have to stick with sand. I have a local source for mason sand but I’m not ready to commit to sand from here on out.

I bought this lawn level rake


this is another option.



I’ve also seen that you can use a push broom for top dressing, but I’m not sure how that will get the lawn flat.
 

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I’m doing my small backyard with soil later this month. Primarily because I have to fill in old spade edging but I’m going to smooth out the whole thing while I’m at it. From what I read once you do sand you have to stick with sand. I have a local source for mason sand but I’m not ready to commit to sand from here on out.

I bought this lawn level rake


this is another option.



I’ve also seen that you can use a push broom for top dressing, but I’m not sure how that will get the lawn flat.
Have you seen the push roller you can use also?? I think that would be easier vs using the rake. A bit more money but I feel it's worth it.
 

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I’m doing my small backyard with soil later this month. Primarily because I have to fill in old spade edging but I’m going to smooth out the whole thing while I’m at it. From what I read once you do sand you have to stick with sand. I have a local source for mason sand but I’m not ready to commit to sand from here on out.

I bought this lawn level rake


this is another option.



I’ve also seen that you can use a push broom for top dressing, but I’m not sure how that will get the lawn flat.
Interesting. I’d use sand since most all the soil by me is sandy anyhow.
 

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Have you seen the push roller you can use also?? I think that would be easier vs using the rake. A bit more money but I feel it's worth it.
Im using both. My neighbor is a lawn nerd also and has a roller I’m going to borrow. You use a roller to compact the material down then run the level lawn over it to find high and low spots again.
 

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That's awesome

I have a 30" toro time master. It's okay but it has shortcomings
What don’t you like about it? I hear it’s not the best for mulching. I almost got one for my 1/4 acre lot for the wide stripes but stopped because it’s ridiculous :rofl:.
 

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What don’t you like about it? I hear it’s not the best for mulching. I almost got one for my 1/4 acre lot for the wide stripes but stopped because it’s ridiculous :rofl:.
Underpowered, if it is at all wet it bogs down unless you go to side discharge.

Gas tank is too small. I have a third of an acre and I can't do my whole lawn on a single tank. Keep in mind that's a third of an acre with lots of landscaping two garages and a ranch house with a big driveway.

My neighbor informed me after I bought it that red toro self propelled has more issued that fwd self propelled. We will see.....
 

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I saw one of those on CL recently, I couldn't get over the price.

Is it the personal pace setup? I thought that was pretty well sorted out after they lifted it from Lawn Boy (whom they purchased).
 

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I saw one of those on CL recently, I couldn't get over the price.

Is it the personal pace setup? I thought that was pretty well sorted out after they lifted it from Lawn Boy (whom they purchased).
I couldn’t self-justify the price for a Time Master and went with the Honda HRX for $625.

Only other quality option was a Toro Super Recycler but big box stores were sold out and independent dealers wants ridiculous money.
 

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Underpowered, if it is at all wet it ohs down unless you go to side discharge.

Gas tank is too small. I have a third of an acre and I can't do my whole lawn on a single tank. Keep in mind that's a third of an acre with lots of landscaping two garages and a ranch house with a big driveway.

My neighbor informed me after I bought it that red toro self propelled has more issued that fwd self propelled. We will see.....
My dad bought a new regular Toro mower and I wasn't very impressed with it. It felt kinda chinsy compared to my Honda.
 

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