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Old 04-03-2013, 11:52 AM
Choppin Choppin is offline
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Sodding over roots?

I have a customer that wants there back yard sodded and it has three big oaks and the yard is full off roots that comes to the suface How do I need to do it? Till up the roots or till between and around them? Will tilling the roots up on the surface kill the tree? I figured it would...
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:24 PM
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Not a good idea to damage tree roots, especially oaks right now... the oak wilt is on the move and may be coming to a yard near you very soon...

The roots(not the crown) should be covered with good topsoil, before putting down your shade tolerant sod...
The tree roots of that size and hardened off above the soil surface should not create as much of a problem with the roots sucking water directly from the surface where you want the lawn to get it, so that is working in your favor... however, you need to tell the client that unless they manage this carefully it is likely their sod will die...

"One Size Fits All" and "More is Better" attitudes make shade lawns an impossibility, so be sure to put out that disclaimer... it sounds like your client already looks at sod as a carpet, rather than a living community... Seed is the only risk worth taking, especially this time of year...
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:43 PM
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The problem with adding much topsoil is that the dirt is already higher than there back porch and rains water runs on there porch. I'm gonna slope a ditch to help with some of it but I can't add much topsoil.... This is a job I wish I didn't have to do but I have four accounts with this person so I want to keep em happy.... They had a guy seed it a few years ago and it didn't do good... I'm just gonna tell em it's a good chance it want work... But they do want to pay me to get the soil PH right.... Most just want the sod put down and expect it to grow perfect...
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:44 PM
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And they want St. Augustine...
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:58 PM
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Then cut the roots and remove the dirt necessary to prevent the dirt washing onto the hardscapes...
I'd pick a diameter around the trees and 'edge' it with pavers to the necessary hieght and trim the roots from the pavers out, removing or grading the dirt to direct water flow to a more sensible direction, if possible...

That is the landscape design I'd pursue as a general situation,,, as far as St. Augustine grasses, I have no dealings with warm-season grasses...
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