Bed-creation question...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by fiveoboy01, May 18, 2007.

  1. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm pretty ignorant on this stuff, so excuse me if this sounds like a really "stupid" question..

    I understand you layout your design, and use bed edger to create the edge around the circumference of the bed..

    How do you guys go about removing the sod that is inside the edge you've just created? Do you simply till it up, or use a sod cutter to remove it? Or some other means?
  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Round Up to kill it off, then lay your barrier down with edging .
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    I always remove any sod as completely as I can when building a new planting bed. It is not that hard to dig it out or cut just underneath the grass roots with a sharp flat shovel and lift it up. They also have sod cutters you can rent.
    The reason I always do this is to insure good drainage. I also add soil and compost and dig it into the existing soil so there is no interface problems between the new and the old soil.
    Do not till it up.
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Remove the sod with a sod cutter, sod lifter or flat shovels, depending on the size of the proposed bed. At that point you may want to add organic matter and till or mix in as you plant. Save the nonselective herbicides for lawn renovations.

  5. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 502

    I agree, if its a relatively small area, we usually just spray with round up about 5 days before hand, after an initial bed edge for layout, then just add soil and/or compost. But if its a pretty decent size area then the sod cutter is the better way to go. Chipping by hand with a spade sucks, avoid it if you can.
  6. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    always thought a mattock is a also nice tool to have on hand for this, :usflag: :canadaflag:

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