So one of earthworks we are looking at putting in is a swale (water harvesting) “ditch” behind our house in between the house and the new garden. The best and most well known way to do this is with a mini-excavator which I have been waiting on renting. In the mean time, I wanted to try something (anything) to get this guy in before planting next weekend. (The swale has to be done before this upcoming Saturday).
I still am borrowing the tractor from a friend so I decided to try and use the box blade attachment I’m borrowing to scrape up the top soil (then the sub-soil) and I would just clean up the the sides by hand. At least this was what I envisioned happening. It definitely did NOT work.
I sprayed some lines, this is (if I remember correctly) 6 feet apart.
The first pass definitely indicated this thing was not going to rip up the soil quite how I envisioned it. The problem is that the back end of the blade doesn’t have any pressure on it forcing it to chop into the soil.
I dug out the bottom a bit by hand to try and get the blade to fall into the ground, and then drag up some soil. This worked more than anything else, but still required an immense amount of manual labor.
I am finally renting a mini-excavator to take care of these small earthworks. I can definitely say that this kind of setup is not made for digging any kind of ditches.