Trey’s 2019 Reno

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by g-man » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:55 am

Can you get a harley rake? Can you set your mower to the lowest level and use it to scalp those areas with a bag?

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:08 am

@g-man I could get a Harley or landscape rake but would cost over $350 for the rental (either rake and skid steer are 2 separate rentals @ $150/ea)and delivery/pickup fee. I’m currently trying the mower method, which is getting a fair amount, but there is a lot it’s not touching and I’m stalling out due to the mounds of dirt.

I’m going to finish trying to mow as much as possible. Any suggestions?

Your reno is looking fantastic! Good to see those babies.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by g-man » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:18 am

Keep using the mower and then rake the rest.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:21 am

Will do. Thanks much.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:17 pm

@g-man @pennstater2005 and anyone else. I’m wondering if I need to remove all of this?

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When I dig to remove it, it comes out in big clumps like this.

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Then, it I have these 1-3” depressions to the next area.

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I even have these mats where there is no grass. My initial thought was thatch, but it seems far to deep in some places and way to hard to pull out. Do I need to get this all out? If so, is there an easier method to get it out, rather than using a thatch rake and straight shovel?

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by pennstater2005 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:31 pm

If you can't see soil it needs to have more removed. I bought a thatch rake a couple years ago and it was awesome to get more stuff up.
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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:59 pm

pennstater2005 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:31 pm
If you can't see soil it needs to have more removed. I bought a thatch rake a couple years ago and it was awesome to get more stuff up.
That’s what I’m using, it’s just very slow going. In about 4.5hrs, the perimeter is all I’ve gotten done (roughly 350-400sq ft). I get stuck with the thatch rake, then have to pull out the square edge and remove like I’m cutting sod. Then rake it all into a pile.

Gonna take awhile, but it will get done :twisted:

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by pennstater2005 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:03 pm

TreyDoc wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:59 pm
pennstater2005 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:31 pm
If you can't see soil it needs to have more removed. I bought a thatch rake a couple years ago and it was awesome to get more stuff up.
That’s what I’m using, it’s just very slow going. In about 4.5hrs, the perimeter is all I’ve gotten done (roughly 350-400sq ft). I get stuck with the thatch rake, then have to pull out the square edge and remove like I’m cutting sod. Then rake it all into a pile.

Gonna take awhile, but it will get done :twisted:

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:06 pm

@pennstater2005 It was supposed to be this past Saturday. Was going to plan for the 15th, but now it looks like I’m going to have to push it back to sometime at the end of August.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by pennstater2005 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:11 pm

Okay. Looking at the pictures some of the thick clumpy stuff could probably stay. It just needs roughed up enough to see the soil.

Whatever you can rake up with the thatch rake without going hard at it. I started that way but would've removed way too much stuff.
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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:29 pm

Thanks m8. I get a break tomorrow, supposed to rain around 0.5”. Told the kids they can stay up for the meteor shower. We’ll see if any of them make it. Hope all stays well at your place.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by g-man » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:51 pm

Can you set the mower with the bag to pick stuff up? You likely need to set the mower that the deck hits the soil.

The first images looks too thick. There are other options, but you will need a burn permit.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:00 pm

@g-man The mower can’t get lower. It won’t pick it up until it’s ripped out anyways though. The power rake wasn’t able to tear this up either. I’m up for any tips you got m8.
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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by g-man » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:06 pm

A burn permit and a weed torch is an option. The warm season guys do it to their Bermuda. But this is dangerous. Like you need multiple layers of protection around a fire to your house and neighbors. I know someone that burn his shed down.

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Post by pennstater2005 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:52 pm

TreyDoc wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:29 pm
Thanks m8. I get a break tomorrow, supposed to rain around 0.5”. Told the kids they can stay up for the meteor shower. We’ll see if any of them make it. Hope all stays well at your place.
Appreciate it. I gotta get outside and check the skies now :thumbup:
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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by g-man » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:55 pm

Weed eater to the thick areas too.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:30 am

Currently on the 4th thatch rake then rake the debris. Filled 27 Lowe’s paper bags so far, as well as 14 wheelbarrow loads to the not so vacant lot across the street. It’s getting there. Still have quite a bit of dead sticking up and a lot of babies I didn’t plant popping up. Might try dragging the pallet around with some screws sticking out and see if I can’t get more pulled up. Just from all the raking, it has leveled itself pretty well. There are still some extreme spots as well as a lot of green netting still underground from the original landscaper.

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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by pennstater2005 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:17 pm

Very nice work!!
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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by TreyDoc » Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:25 pm

Everything’s almost set. The kids and I raked everything up and piled everything into 17 Lowe’s paper bags!

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Everything is as close to level as I think I’ll get it for now. I’m sure I can get it more level once grass has gotten some roots in. Ran the makeshift pallet drag over a few times and just pulled up some dried grass and green netting. That is something I’m not sure if I should continue to remove or leave for erosion control.

Today was a chill day for everyone. It was nice for everyone to just relax as a fam and do basically nothing!

I still need to:
- mow one last time to get remaining dead grass low after rakings.
- edge the new and extended beds before seeding.
- blanket spray glyphosate on grass babies I didn’t plant and weeds.
- spray Tenacity on front and seed (same time as backyard).
- (after seed) remove mulch on garden beds, replace w/ compost.
- mark sprinkler spots as I will be manually moving 2 sprinklers.
- seed, Tenacity, peat/coconut coir bare areas, fert, and water!

Unfortunately, it looks as though we will be having some rain/storms for the next 4 days, so until it changes, on a holding pattern and just double checking everything.

As always, any tips/suggestions/criticisms are greatly appreciated.
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Re: Trey’s 2019 Reno

Post by pennstater2005 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:07 pm

Seed bed looks great! The possible storms are making me want to hold off as well.

17 bags is a lot of stuff :thumbup:
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