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Looking for ideas on what is the easiest and most cost effective way to smooth out a rough lawn. There have been Trucks, Bobcat, Backhoes on the lawn over the years and after getting my new Kubota GR earlier this season and being able to mow much faster, the ruts and bumps are much more apparent.

I have 2+ acres and didn't really want to till and start out fresh. I was thinking of getting a couple of loads of topsoil and spreading them out with a Johnny Bucket (I know this part isn't cost effective) and then drag something over the small piles and hopefully fill in the low spots.

Was looking at something like this
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200418177_200418177

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200418179_200418179

Looking for input.

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KubotaMc
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I think you are on the right track. The ruts and low spots need to be filled. As for the Johnny bucket I know they are an expense but it'll be worth it in the other projects you'll eventually use it on. You could probably make those drags. The second one linked could be made with free stuff from Craigs List (a piece of 2x6 and chain link). Lots of Little League fields use those on the infield dirt.
 

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Thanks, hadn't thought of chain link fence

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I think you are on the right track. The ruts and low spots need to be filled. As for the Johnny bucket I know they are an expense but it'll be worth it in the other projects you'll eventually use it on. You could probably make those drags. The second one linked could be made with free stuff from Craigs List (a piece of 2x6 and chain link). Lots of Little League fields use those on the infield dirt.
 

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An old box spring from a bed works great for leveling dirt out; get rid of the covering with a method of your liking, attach a pull chain/cable/rope, and you're set (and it's free).
 

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Any of the above will likely work, Ive been dragging a section of spring tine harrows around behind the mower since last summer and 90% of my rough spots are gone, had to throw a few shovel fulls of soil in the low spots and gopher holes but its been a simple and cheap method, and it also lifts any sticks, dog bones or other objects that are partially embedded into the sod.
 

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Any of the above will likely work, Ive been dragging a section of spring tine harrows around behind the mower since last summer and 90% of my rough spots are gone, had to throw a few shovel fulls of soil in the low spots and gopher holes but its been a simple and cheap method, and it also lifts any sticks, dog bones or other objects that are partially embedded into the sod.
So you're leveling dirt while you're mowing?

Do you have a link or pic of what you're using?

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How bad are the ruts? Might be something you could just take care of with a nice heavy lawn roller after some rain...?
 

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ditto on the box springs and sections of fence. also there was a guy here (cannot remember who) draggin a small utility trailer upside down and did a fantastic job!

also dont forget about the ole box blade scraper
 
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