zoysia sod removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dehofflawncare, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. dehofflawncare

    dehofflawncare LawnSite Member
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    need some advise from the experts. I have a customer who wants approximately 1000 sq ft. of zoysia removed from their lawn. They want to make way for a mulch bed. My thought is that I would use a sod cutter to do this. I am responsible for removing the sod and disposal after. It is a pretty good slope that this is on. I do not have experince with zoysia, it is not common in pa where I am. My question is what would you charge and is a sod cutter the best way to do this. I thought about a skid loader but the slope makes me nervous. Would you spray the area after to make sure zoysia is all gone. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Your chances of getting rid of all the Zoysia roots is next to impossiable. The roots go deep and it will come back, a lot sooner than you realise. Be prepaired for an on going battle with the Zoysia.
     
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sod cutter and lots of RU come mid summer. You should be able to knock it out in a few years. How did you get zoysia in PA?
     
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually, you want to hit the area with a high rate of RoundUp starting when the zoysia begins active green growth. Then you sod cut the brown sod out. Till the area. Watch for green shoots of zoysia and kill it again. It may take 2-3 years to kill zoysia in a cool season grass area. In mulch beds and planter areas, Sethoxydim will suppress zoysia that comes up around flowers, trees, and shrubs.
     
  5. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
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    you would be suprised,about 30% of the lawns in and around Philly are all zoy..back to the origi al question lots and lots of Gly..spray it 3 weeks before you cut it out
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  6. dehofflawncare

    dehofflawncare LawnSite Member
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    Any ideas on what you guys would charge for this. It is 1000 sq. I would rent the sod cutter and i have a place for disposal. Would anyone recommend removing the sod first and then spraying ru. I am not doing the mulch bed after, homeowner is doing that. My responsibility is to just get the sod off and disposal. Can removal be done when this stuff is dormant. thanks for all the help
     

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