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I have a nature trail that goes around our back property. It was built by clearing space for our cedar fence and building it up with dirt from landscaping the back lawn. I then added wood chips, spread on top.

After a few years, the chips are pretty much mulch and weeds and mushrooms grow, so I periodically "grade" it. Since today was beautiful, 50+ degrees, I put the front blade on the JD 170 and started working. It's now pretty clean but still fits into our landscaping plan.

This is at the back of the property and still needs a bit of leveling.

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Thanks Mow,

The decomposing wood chips give it a lot of the darkness. Here's along one side and more "natural" with the cover.

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Seat time is always fun and the little 170 is a ball to work with.
 

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nice! do you use the blade to backscrape the soil or do you push it? how does it do?



id liove to get a blade to clear path.. how did it do clearing the initial path?
 

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John,

I push it. There's a lot of dirt and wood chips on the trail so it's not that hard to do. The blade works very well and I use it more than I thought I would. Seems like there's always some job that needs to be done that the blade can be used on in some way.

I got the blade from the "boneyard" at my dealer after the trail was first done. Initial clearing was done with a small loader we used to do the yard landscaping, as well as saws, shovels and sweat!!
 

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Well I see your out playing in the dirt again. :D

The green plants and black soil look pretty inviting. Good spot for a comfortable chair to stretch out in.

We picked up another dusting of snow and ice the last couple of days. Felt real cold after after the warmer temps. Supposed to get up towards 50F this weekend with sun though. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do but I need to get out in the yard and decompress for a while.
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Originally posted by memmurphy
The green plants and black soil look pretty inviting. Good spot for a comfortable chair to stretch out in.

and a nice fat cigar...
I miss the warm weather!!
 

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Thats some healthy soil and nice natural mulch....we pay good money by the yard to have that....nice old growth and a beautiful area you got Greg!!


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Thanks Duc,

I paid a good price for the top soil for the yard, and 4 truck loads for just the garden, but I think it's worth it. We have some trees 80 - 90 feet tall and on a windy day they can get a little "intimidating"...:furious: It was an old forest before the homes were built and everyone has kept the green!!
 

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Greg,
That's very nice and informative as well!
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Mark,

I have some plastic patio chairs that aren't bad to sit in except the dang squirells have chewed on the arms. Kinda ragged. I think they got ticked because we went away for a few weeks and they didn't get their daily peanuts..::eek: :mad: :eek: :mad:
 

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Mark,

I have some plastic patio chairs that aren't bad to sit in except the dang squirells have chewed on the arms. Kinda ragged. I think they got ticked because we went away for a few weeks and they didn't get their daily peanuts..::eek: :mad: :eek: :mad:
Either that or they like your food but don't care for you setting around in their home. :)

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Looks nice. I am planning somthing like that with parts of my land when I clear it out a bit. Kinda a little park, in your own little corner of the world.:)
 

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I've got similar paths through my pines...When I want to make a new one, I walk it first checking for low branches, when I find that is clear I put my brush hog on my FordNH and take a little drive. I have zillions of pine needles that keep any vegetation growth to a minimum.
 

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Originally posted by Greg
Thanks Duc,

I paid a good price for the top soil for the yard, and 4 truck loads for just the garden, but I think it's worth it. We have some trees 80 - 90 feet tall and on a windy day they can get a little "intimidating"...:furious: It was an old forest before the homes were built and everyone has kept the green!!
Do you have the giant Sequoia's nearby? if you do that must be unbelievable!!

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It was an "old forrest", but not "old growth" like the Olympic Peninsula area. Now that's a natural rain forest! Or the Rainier Park area. Anyway, the Sequoia's are way down south in California. We had lots of huge trees in western Washington, way back when, though.

Like elsewhere, too many areas are being clear cut of all growth to make more room for housing. It's getting harder and harder to find larger lots (1 acre+) anymore and even harder to find a home with native trees. We got lucky about 5 years ago.

This is the second pic in Summer. Really green and cool. I do need to build a wood box to hide the water and electric outlets.....
 

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Nice looking place. :thumbsup: I love all the trees. I try to grow an many as i can at my place. Do you ever take a soil sample and have it analyzed? Trees loved to be fertilized too, especially fruit and any type of large seed bearing trees. You would be surprised at how well they respond to it. Do you get much wildlife in your yard?
 

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Greg

Please clarify something for me. Is the house behind the fence yours or a nrighbor at the back of your property? Just trying to figure out why you would block your view with a fence.
 
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