With spring on the horizon there are many homeowners looking to improve their properties this spring with some landscaping improvements. Landscaping (when done right) add’s incredible curb appeal to your home and it helps to set an ambience and mood for your property. If you enjoy the outdoors, gardening perhaps? Then the careful landscaping of your property will provide you enjoyment for many years.
One of the biggest hurdles for a homeowner when trying to plan out landscaping projects is actually getting their property ready. Without the proper preparation of your property for the landscaping plans you have it’s going to be a disorganized affair that might cost you more money than you’d originally planned along with some additional hassles that will likely present themselves.
How Do You Prepare Your Property For Landscaping?
Make Sure You’re Utilizing The Right Equipment!
For most homeowners looking to do some landscaping work they simply set aside a few weekends and with some tools and some manpower they can usually break some ground and get their landscaping design “roughed in”. There is a much faster way though, and it can usually be done in a weekend or less and that is by utilizing the services of a skid steer. There is a reason why almost every landscaping contractor you see has one and that is because they are so much more efficient at all the small “grunt work” projects that landscaping usually entails.
For example if you wanted to move a pile of 6 yards of soil from one location on your property to another with a shovel and a wheelbarrow it would take you a long time. Probably a couple of days. A skidsteer with a season operator could finish that work in a couple of hours and that would include spreading it out for you too. As far as efficiency, you just can’t beat it.
Hire A Skid Steer Service or Rent A Skid Steer For The Day?
There are many rentals services out there that will actually rent skid-steers and other landscaping equipment directly to homeowners. If you’re renting a post hole auger for a small fence this might be OK for a homeowner with little experience but if you’re renting a skidsteer and expecting to clear your lot by the end of the weekend you might not be happy with the results.
If you have experience as an operator, then rent no question but you already know this. If you are however, a homeowner who has no experience operating this type of equipment then you will always be better off hiring the project out to a professional skid steer operator.
Rent a Skid Steer Vs. Hire A Skid Steer Service
- Do you want to pick up and tow the skidsteer? or have a service just show up at your home?
- Do you want to learn all the controls? or have someone immediately get to work on your project?
- Do you need specific attachments?
3 Landscaping Projects That Skid Steers Are Great For
There are numerous landscaping projects that a skid steer could be used on but here is a list of three of the projects we think a skid steer is best suited for.
#1. Breaking Up Old Concrete
Do you have an old concrete or cement deck or patio that you’d like to remove or replace? Instead of spending a few days with a jack hammer, a skid steer with the proper attachment can make really short work of concrete decks and patios, even driveways or concrete pads that you’d like to remove. When the concrete has been broken up the attachment on the machine changed and we can then scoop up and remove the debris from your property. Now you’ll have a blank canvas to build on again or landscape as you see fit.
#2. Augering Holes for Fences or Supports
Post augers are great when you have a small amount of posts that need to be set. However, when you have an acre or maybe several hundred yards of fence to put up then a skid steer with an auger attachment can make short work of this project. The benefit of the skid steer is actually two fold because we can not only auger out all of the post holes but also clear the fence line of underbrush and other earthy debris and level the area if needed as well.
#3. Clearing and Leveling Lots of Brush and Debris
If you’ve just purchased a new lot to build a home on, or maybe you’ve got an acreage that you’d like to have some landscaping work completed on, if the project is not huge in scale then a skid steer might just right for the job. Large trees are obviously a problem but if you need piles of brush, or thick undergrowth removed from an area skid steers are great. They also work well for preparing areas of your property for a new lawn by raking for rocks and other large debris left over from bigger equipment.
Who Offers Skid Steer Services For Landscaping Projects in Wisconsin?
Brad’s Construction is a full service general contractor based out of Mayville, Wisconsin. We have a skid steer along with a flat deck trailer for transport and we specialize in lot clearing, debris removal, post augering, concrete removal and more. If you have a landscaping project anywhere near Mayville, Beaver Dam, Waupun, West Bend, Hartford or Fond Du Lac Wisconsin then give Brad’s Construction a call today for your Free estimate.