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Animal disturbing sod?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by georgiagrass, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    We put out several pallets of sod for a client back in October. He called me last week and said that he thinks some animal has been turning over the corners and edges of the sod. I went by to see and, sure enough, numerous corners were peeled back 4-6 inches and a number of the edges were pulled up. One of my buddies suggested it might be moles, but there was no evidence of burrowing. I couldn't see any evidence of digging either. The property is surrounded by woods (oak trees) and there are a lot of acorns on the ground. Another buddy suggested a squirrel or a raccoon. Has anyone had any similar experience?
  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,301

    I don't know if its animals or maybe even the frost pushing up those corners. How cold has it been there? Got any pics?
  3. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    It hasn't been all that cold here so far. I know what you are talking about with the frost, but that's not it, something is pulling the sod up and flipping it over, mostly at the corners, but along the edges as well. In a few places, the corner of a roll of sod was flipped over (dirt side up) about 7-8 inches.
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Sounds like curious Raccoons to me!!
    They are destructive little #@$#'s. You can offer to purchase and bait a live trap and set it out........................bet you will get a Raccoon!!!
  5. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Might be 'coons, Might be skunks, looking for grubs. Sod farms most of the time don't treat for grubs, cause the sod is usually only in their care for 12-14 months, then they sell it. Grubs tend to like older turf, nothing particularly scientific, purely observational.
  6. Lawnmax1

    Lawnmax1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I have seen corners of new sod turned back by deer at 1 of my customers lawns this year. Never have seen til then though. The hoof prints were evident in the moist soil. Is this possible down there?
  7. Country Side Lawn Care

    Country Side Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    It could be skunks. Around here, they burrow little holes all over the place. Maybe one got smart enough around your way and digs up the corners. Like it was said before, get a live animal trap. Put some bread crust and peanut butter, mixed together in it. Raccoons and skunks both love it.
  8. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Iff'n it is a skunk, cover the hav-a-hart trap with a ol piece of carpet, it'll keep him calm, and not too volatile. If it was my trap, I would soak whole trap in a 55 gallon drum full of water, skunk included! If it don't make him smell better, at least it will remove the risk of having to handle him!:laugh::laugh::waving:
  9. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    This is a little off the wall, but yesterday at a large cleanup, I noticed some Zoysia sod that we installed late in the summer still hadn't rooted too well. The home was under some major exterior reconstruction and we weren't able to clean the leaves up in November as scheduled. As we were using the PB 755T's to blow the wet and dry leaves off the turf, the corners were blowing up just as you mentioned........??????
    Just some food for thought!!!!!! I don't know!!
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Possible an Opossum too.

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