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New Lawn Install

Toro Dingo with bucket
Toro Dingo with bucket

Today Sylvia and I finished installing our lawn. We started the project on Saturday, April 20, 2019, and finished it this evening. It was a lot of hard work, but we finally have a decent start to getting our yard normalized after Hurricane Michael came to through Albany and wiped out our little forest that surrounded our house.


I rented a Toro Dingo and a Toro Soil Cultivator from Sunbelt Rentals. It took me a few hours to get the hang of how to operate the bucket and pick up stuff and move it. I spent a few hours moving a large woodpile to the back of our lot. Some of the wood was really rotten so I hauled it to the curb for pick up by the city. The woodpile is used to fule my smoker when I smoke brisket, ribs, and turkeys.

Pile of yard debris at the curb
Pile of yard debris at the curb

Leveling the yard

Toro Soil Cultivator
Toro Soil Cultivator

Once I hauled off all of the yard debris and completed some crude rough leveling with the bucket I attached the soil cultivator. This tool worked great at turning the ryegrass and mulch from the ground up tree stumps into the soil. I ran the cultivator crisscross over the front and back yard to get a crude level planting environment for the Bermuda seed that was going to be planted.