Not killing a lawn before sodcutting

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnkid, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am going to be replacing some lawns in the next few days and I was just wondering if I didn't kill the exisitng lawn before, if I just cut it real short, and then sodcutted it, and spread about 2+ inches of topsoil on top and seed, will the old grass still come though? Tell me about your experiences.
  2. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't have any experience with northern grasses but in South Florida the old grass and weeds will come back if you do not use herbicide before cutting out the old sod.
  3. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Sod cut it at least 1.5"

    Deep root weeds will more than likely return next season, if there are any......;)
  4. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
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    1. What is the original grass type?

    2. What are you replacing it with?
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    i usually jus put the new sod right on top of the old lawn. hey, if u wait till like november to do it, they wont even know until april, by then, who cares
  6. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will have to remember that one
  8. GeorgiaGrassMan

    GeorgiaGrassMan LawnSite Member
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    yeah Bobby - then you sell them a weed control program. Good idea.
  9. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you leave living plant mater under turf what will happen???

    Has anybody heard of "Anerobic decomposition" Think thats what its called?????

    You might have a ---- load of dead turf on ya hands, Matey..

    1/Round up the area
    2/You must cut as others have stated............1.5'' - 2''
    3/ Scarify
    4/ condition the existing under soil

    Good prep and drainage make the best lawns. PREP mate, always spend the time on the PREP.
    Ya can't not!!!!
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    yea yea yea. im just keeping my pet pig away from you and your uncle.

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