| >Yes, that is likely to work quite well for you; if it's a
| >lawn, since you sound like you'll push it by hand. Or you're
| >big, strapping lad!
| I'm 57 and out of shape. By next spring, I'll be 58 and if
| continue as they are, in moderate shape.
Ha ha, 59 here and pretty out of shape, too; as in, forced to
retire. DJD mostly.
| But my whole lot is 1/20th of an acre, and that includes where
| house is. :) The house has 700 square feet of floor space
| floor, but I don't know how that compares to an acre. OK an
| about 43,700 square feet, so I have about 2180 sqare feet minus
| (30 for walls) = 1450 square feet. - the little deck and the
| tree areas, and the tiny patio = 1250, and even that has been
| than I could handle. OTOH you have about 63,000 square feet.
Used to have that size lawn in Chgo when we lived there (abt 15
| And I guess I don't have to do the easement, which is pretty
| too hard to do anyhow. That's a strip 3? feet wide on 3 sides
| yard that are outside of my fence, that my townhouse neighbors
| to get the lawn mower from the front yard to the back yard.
| might be 360, plus the sidewalk is about 50 = 840 square feet.
| that's a lot less than last time I figured it out.
Dunno; In our neighborhood in Chgo we didn't have easements to
worry about, fortunately. Cement walkways separated the houses
on two sides with a weed, I mean, fern-filled gravel on each
side. Out back was the garage and alley. All we had was around
the sidewalk out front, house to street.
| > Water the ground well and get it softened
| >up (next spring might be a lot better time to try this), it'll
| Spring will be fine.
| >work very well. It'd take quite a rain storm to put enough
| >in to soften the ground much. You need it softened down at
| >a few inches to get a good, lasting job.
| There are frequent rains in Baltimore, and I figured I would
| until a bigggg rain, that's about 3 times a year, and the next
| rent the roller. I can use the garden hose too in spots if
"Here" is northern NY state, up on the St. Lawrence River across
from Canada. It's 55 miles north to Ottawa, 120 south to
Syracuse and about as far to Rochester or Buffalo. Beautiful
| > Here the "bumps" are
| These are 20 years worth of bumps, or maybe 25 counting when
| owner had the house. (He spent loads of time on his bushes and
| but he didn't say much about the rest of the yard.)
| I only noticed the bumps about 5 years ago, ...
I'll bet you described the reasons for the "bumps" right there.
They are rotted trees, plants, flowers and weeds that were there
at one time. The material rots away slowly, becomes porous,
collects water and over-expands in the winter, lifting up the
bump, which partially fills with surrounding soil when it thaws
and the water runs, plus the rotting continues.
We cleared a forest area for a camp when I was a kid; parts of
it, especially where there were small trees, shrubs, and a
sunflower garden looked just like what you seem to be describing.
Kick the bumps on top and they felt solid, but knock off the sod
and there'd be a soft clump underneath. In the spring though you
could almost push them down with a good boot stomp. Don't try
that though; it hurts after awhile!! ;-)
You need mother nature to make things as wet as she can for you,
esp if you have a water meter! You need a week long rain period
for best results; hose and strong storms, the water just usually
run along the surface and drains away as opposed to soaking into
the soil. I could get our yard in Chgo wetter with a sprinkler
than any rain storm we had the whole time I was there. Under the
soil was a gravel water run-off area so water would never stand
on the grass.