Yard tear out and Redo

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by OrangeToys, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
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    Need a little help in whats the best method to tear out the current yard (sod) and replacing with new? I have laid sod before just not with having to tear out the existing yard. It's all in the front yard too.

    There's irrigation and the heads will be marked clearly.

    I'm esitmating about 6 pallets of sod.

    I can't get pics to load for some reason.
     
  2. CSL&L

    CSL&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    sod cutter, remove sod, fine grade soil, water, fertilize, lay sod, water.
     
  3. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 365

    and really stress the need to water, water and more water to the HO
     
  4. tlc1994

    tlc1994 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 290

    I would add a soil test in after you remove the sod. Should be near the 6.0-7.0 range. IF not, lime and fertilize accordingly.
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  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The quickest and simplest is with a sod cutter, but that is still a lot of work... Can you take the time to kill the grass and till it up with the necessary ammendments?
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree. If you are not licensed get a CPO to nuke it for you 2 weeks prior to laying. Why remove topsoil if you don't have too. I have my cutter adjusted to chop the top layer as opposed to cutting under it. After that its rake and remove. This method also fluffs up the soil giving me something to level out.
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