Cutting off sod to lay new sod???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by instyle, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    After a bunch of reading on this site i hear about cutting the sod off then laying new sod. Is this really all you guys do?

    When a coustomers calls us saying he wants a new front lawn, we will go in with a bobcat and dump truck, dig out 4-5 inches of soil and bring in fresh top soil, level it then lay new sod.

    Are we doing it the hard way? Araound here the only person to own a sod cutter is a rental shop.
     
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,169

    if the existing soil is good I don't see why you'd need to haul it off, I've done a few just come in scrape off the old turf, rip, till and sod/seed. if you need soil do it, but most soil (around here at least) just needs a shot of lime and some p&k
     
  3. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    So, do you test the soil before to find out if it needs lime? Or do you just automaticly apply lime?
     
  4. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    what is p&k, are you talking about fertilizer?
     
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    around here the soil is automatically acid, and yeah n-P-K
     
  6. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 258

    i used a harley rake todaay. wow does it do a great job im so happy with the performance.
     
  7. EA Quinn

    EA Quinn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    we do it both ways. Usually the lawns we re-do are in need of it bad. We scrape the top layer soil and all off, add new soil and install hydroseed or sod.
     

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