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Cutting new sod

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GreenMonster, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Ok, just finished reading up for my first sod install tomorrow.

    One question I can't find the answer to:

    What tool do you guys use to cut last strip of sod that will be adjacent to existing curved bed?
     
  2. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    anybody???

    I'm waiting to go to bed!:(
     
  3. Ken Kesey

    Ken Kesey LawnSite Member
    from Here
    Messages: 114

    We use a round tip shovel and a hatchet to cut sod.
     
  4. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    It may be a little late for you, but the best thing I've found to cut sod with is a steak knife. Buy a bunch of cheap ones at Wal-mart, the bigger the serrations, the longer they will last.

    The other way is to flip over the sod (so it's "brown side up") and use a utility knife to cut the soil and roots. Just make sure it's a "quick change" knife and you have a lot of blades available!

    You could also use an edging spade, but that takes longer than the steak knifes and isn't as easy....


    Dan
     
  5. bnl

    bnl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Hey Guys,
    This may be a dumb idea, haven't ever used this idea myself because I've just been using a spade and shovel too, but how would a sawzall or Dewalt reciprocating saw work? Maybe with a woodcutting blade?
     
  6. Mats

    Mats LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,934

    I use a Japanese sod cutter that looks like this - http://www.fine-tools.com/G309952.htm
     
  7. kbenvironmental

    kbenvironmental LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    I have a sod blade,( looks like a pizza cutter on a shovel handle) but never use it. Like Felix says, a utility knife makes easy quick work of shaping sod.

    So tell us how your install went! Pics man, we want pics! :D
     
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Thanks guys. I didn't get any replies before the job, so I used a utility knife. Worked fine.

    Now for the pics, KB.

    I used to work with this guy who recently retired. He lost his wife to cancer last year (after a long battle), and the place has gone unmaintained for a few years. He's looking to spruce it up to put on the market. We redefined the beds, trimmed some shrubs, cleaned-out the center island planting bed, added perennials, and put down new sod. The area we sodded has been redone 3 times now in six years. Bad chipmunk problem behind wall.

    All said and done, 2 days, 2 guys. I know someone will ask, so $3k total, about $750 in materials.

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  9. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    This is the center island

    before...

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  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Another before shot front of the house.

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