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How did you spend your 2000 Memorial day weekend?  I decided that I had enough of the large barked area.  Very sick of pulling weeds and replacing the bark.  So what does every yard-loving American need?  MORE LAWN!!!! YEA!!!!  So I rented myself a bobcat for the day and with the help of my good buddy Scott, we removed all of the bark and crap.  We then used the bobcat to spread out 32 yards of fresh 3-way topsoil.  Yahoo!!



Lou Bobcat "Lou has a new toy."  At least for a day.   Keep your seat belt on at all times.  Keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times.  Remain seated until the vehicle has come to a complete stop.
Bark After receiving the bobcat and figuring out what buttons and levels to use and which ones NOT to use, it is time to study the mess.  As you can see, it is quite a mess.  What started out as quite a lovely area, slowly depreciated into cedar clippings, sticks, weeds, weeds, weeds, bark, and oh yes, weeds.
Sticks and weeds. 32 yards of 3-way topsoil.


Times like this, it really pays to have a good buddy who has driven just about every single piece of heavy equipment invented by man.  My buddy Scott came over to help.  After watching him I could see that the only way I was going to get the job done in one day was to let him do it.  Fortunately for me, Scott saw this as entertainment and not work.  He's right, it is entertainment, but you still have to get the job done.  The 2 pictures below shows Scott scrapping and disposing of all of the bark and crap.


Once the bark and cedar stuff was removed, it was time to move dirt around.  It takes a while to move 32 yards of dirt.   Thanks to Scott, I kind got the hang of scrapping, scooping, and leveling.  Of course, there is nothing like the pros doing it.  The long and the short of it is that I spent about 4 hours on the bobcat to Scott's 6.  But the important part is the job got done.  These next 2 pictures (below) show Scott scooping and spreading dirt.
Scott scraps up the crap Guess who?
Scott even levers. Scott


Ok, so we are done right?  Nope.  The bobcat did the hard work.  Now it is time to finish the job.  Karen and I spent Sunday and Monday raking, raking, and raking.  The area was somewhat saturated with water, so getting all evened out was a big challenge.  Not to mention smoothing out the ruts.



Last year I gave my friend Bob this roller used to even out dirt after the dirt has been spread out.  I told him at the time that I never wanted to see the roller again.   Well, I lied.  Its back!  I used it to smooth out the dirt once all of the raking was done.  Man I was tired.

Done Pretty


This is 3 days after hydro-seeding.  The seeds should germinate in 2 weeks.  It is important to keep them moist for the first 2 weeks.  Do not water excessively.  Just keep it moist.



After 2 weeks, you can start watering normally; one inch or about one hour per week.

Hydro Seed more Hydro Seed


The Result
....and here is the result.  After just one month, Houston we have lawn.  We actually had little blades of new grass after just one week.  After 2 weeks, it was difficult to tell the difference between the old and the new lawn.  After 3 weeks, the new lawn looks a heck of a lot better then the old.   After 4 weeks, well, I'd best being going now, I have to mow the lawn.
East to West

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