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What Cub Cadet do you recommend for my hilly yard? (pictures included)

I just bought a house with a large "hole" in the backyard. The plan was to fill it eventually and level it out but I just found out it is a detention pond and cannot be touched and I have to leave it as is. Oh well, my fault for not researching it.

If there isn't snow on the ground, the bottom of the pond is hard and dry unless it rains which makes the bottom of the pond be soggy for a day or two depending on the storm. You can see in the photos that the slope of the pond ranges up to ~33.3% in the steepest part.

When it is dry, what is my best option for cutting the grass in the pond? I am coming from a rental where I used a non-self-propelled push lawnmower with a .3 acre lot. I now have a 1.79 acre lot with this "hole" in the backyard. Without going way overkill, what is my best option for being able to cut this yard including the hole? I live in Wisconsin and currently use a 2-stage self-propelled snow blower to move snow on my driveway.
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You will have to buy some yellow paint,

https://www.ventrac.com/solutions/sl...ng%20Equipment

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<---- Or a Kubota.

Why not just leave that area be as a wildlife sanctuary? Probably attract a lot of neat creatures.

Where in Wisconsin? Former Cheesehead here.

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A walkbehind unit with a sickle or brush mower might be the thing to use, and a bit cheaper than the Ventrac's...
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I just bought a house with a large "hole" in the backyard. The plan was to fill it eventually and level it out but I just found out it is a detention pond and cannot be touched and I have to leave it as is. Oh well, my fault for not researching it.

If there isn't snow on the ground, the bottom of the pond is hard and dry unless it rains which makes the bottom of the pond be soggy for a day or two depending on the storm. You can see in the photos that the slope of the pond ranges up to ~33.3% in the steepest part.

When it is dry, what is my best option for cutting the grass in the pond? I am coming from a rental where I used a non-self-propelled push lawnmower with a .3 acre lot. I now have a 1.79 acre lot with this "hole" in the backyard. Without going way overkill, what is my best option for being able to cut this yard including the hole? I live in Wisconsin and currently use a 2-stage self-propelled snow blower to move snow on my driveway.
A Cub Cadet Than can probably handle it is the Cub Cadet XT3 GSX https://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/c...-kohler-engine It has diff/lock and I would recommend Getting some ATV Style https://www.millertire.com/products/...ra-trac-4-ply/ tires for the Rear and I would also recommend Going with a 42inch deck On it But No Bigger than a 48inch deck Because the 50, 54 & 60 inch deck Might get hug Up when Mowing the Banks of the Pond. Other Brands Of Tractor I would recommend would Be the Deere X700 series https://www.deere.com/en/mowers/lawn...s/x700-series/ or the Simplicity Prestige with AWD https://www.simplicitymfg.com/na/en_...n-tractor.html or the Legacy XL series with 4WD https://www.simplicitymfg.com/na/en_...n-tractor.html The Legacy is a Garden tractor and Not a sub compact Both the Deere AWD and Simplicity AWD & 4WD are a Lot Less Money Than a Ventrac 4500 or 3400L or 3400Y But if looking for a Lower cost Option the Cub Cadet XT3 GSX could Handle the Mowing

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Now, I like CCoe's idea of a Ventrac, but at $20K it may be a touch expensive! Cub Cadet does have a wheeled string trimmer, the ST 100, that would work quite well since that retention pond is in more of a funnel shape. While the slope information was great! it would be better to give the area size. Take a look at the ST 100:

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Wow thank you all for the recommendations and links to go along with it. I'll have to look into all those links and prices.

I am in Somerset, WI. I actually work across the border in the Twin Cities.
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Matt, my XT3 GSE with ATV tires could easily mow that hole. I agree the 48" deck is a good idea.

They dont make the GSE anymore so I'd recommend the GSX just to get power steering. GS w/o power steering if you couldn't afford the GSX.
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After reviewing the photo again and some other comments made here and over in that other forum, a number of questions arise. Do you own that hole or is there some type of easement concerning it? What are the restrictions of that easement? Are you actually responsible for the appearance if there is an easement? Where does the water drain to?

The reason I ask that is that I have an easement along the county highway along one edge of my property. The state prisoners (chain gang) are out there every week or so, mowing it down. But I feel they do such a horrible job with scalping from the zero turns, ruts from the zero turns spinning the tyres from no traction, throwing clumps of grass from the zero turns all over my lawn, missing areas entirely and generally making it look bad that I have asked them not to and I mow it. Not an easy mow as part of it is sloped for a bridge over the creek that forms another edge of my property.

It might be best if you simply block the view of it by planting low shrubs where the the easement begins and allow the hole to be left alone.
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After reading through this...mowing is not your only option. Why not fence it off and possibly think about getting a goat. Neighbors around here have them and they mow some and the goat takes care of hard to reach areas. Win Win, and they also get goats milk in the process...Healthy... You certainly wouldn't need to worry about them falling down the hill into the hole...lol. Maybe you can't have one in your area, but having a natural weed eater may be what you need.

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