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Help on "Removing" a Lawn?

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I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of any good reading material on "replacing a lawn?"

I am looking at a job to completely replace a front lawn in a suburban neighborhood. The lawn is probably 50 years old, and has "built up" over the years to the point that it is 3"-4"-5" inches higher than the concrete of the driveway, sidewalk and curb. It's high enough that it is practically impossible to mow without scalping certain areas. The overall condition of it is very poor, with crabgrass, etc. ...and the bottom line is that it NEEDS TO GO and be re-done.

Would the best way to start off be to rototill? I have seen where some use a sod cutter ...but I question whether or not that would be of any benefit and the "manual" ones are out of the question. I have not seen any GT sod-cutter attachments ...debated on trying to fab one up and try it. Thought about fabbing up a "root knive" type attachment (vertical blade) for the back of the GT and make several passes to break up the soil some prior to rototilling.

Right now I'm thinking of rototilling when the ground is soft, blade work (front and rear) to scrape off 6" or so, add underground sprinkling piping, layer of topsoil, seed (or possibly sod). Does that sound about right?

I have tried searches on the subject (both here and on the rest of the WWW.) and have pretty much come up empty handed. Anyone have any ideas or good links on the subject?


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Nice story LTG!!

So what size lawn are we talking about??

One of my neighbors had a severe drainage problem on his lot, so he ended up hiring a landscape service to come in and COMPLETELY strip the topsoil and regrade so the water was running away from his foundation.

We have 1/4 acre lots. A vast majority of the work was done with a skid loader. The landscaper came in first and killed all the grass with a chemical. Then, he actually made a huge pile of topsoil the their backyard. After that, he carefully distriduted the topsoil to the new grade. He raked out small stones, tilled and planted seed, all with different skid loader attachments.

The entire process took less than a month. I have no idea what he paid for the job, but now my buddy has a dry basement after a storm. He was mowing within about six weeks after the landscape contractor left.
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