Cutting / Shaping Sod

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JimLewis, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Until recently a sod knife or a small pvc pipe saw was our tool of choice for cutting / shaping sod.

    But late last year my workers came up with an idea that works really great. Maybe a lot of you already do this, I don't know. All I've ever seen landscapers around here do is cut it with knives or saws. Anyway, my construction crews asked me to buy them a stick edger that they could use for cutting shaping sod during an install. Like the ones our maintenance crews use for hard edges.

    Turns out, with the stick edger, they can cut / shape a lawn in 1/4 the time that they used to. I never would have thought of that but it's been a great investment. Big time savings, especially on larger lawns.

    I just thought I'd pass on the idea. If you haven't tried it - give it a shot next time. My workers swear by it. I can see it saves them a ton of time. And the cut lines look just as smooth as they always have. It's a great method to cut / shape sod.
  2. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    we use utility knives....very inexpensive and easily in the pocket...we keep a wheelbarrow with us as we work and cut the ends smoothly as we lay the rolls--so when we are done rolling everything is complete

    I know others that like the stick edger--really doesnt work well on our sod
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    We use the stick edger method all the time. I've even used a battery powered sawzall.
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  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,624

    Thats been common practice forever...

    Just curious hows those cigars???
  5. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    So the company i work for does mostly stone work so they don't own any stick edger but one job had a ton of tree pits and curvy beds to cut so they took an old diamond blade and cut everything with our stone saws. I laughed at first but it was so fast I had to appreciate them thinking about how to do things faster.
  6. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    I use banana tree machetes and cut the peices as we go.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Whenever I've Got a long run of pieces that are the same width then I use a pruning saw for tree work.

    Basically I take the saw and roughly measure the width of the section with it and use a visual mark on the saw. Then I just go to a rolled up piece of sod, measure the width I need, and then cut it with the pruning saw. Then I take it where I need to and unroll it into place.

    Basically it's like making homemade noodles out of dough.

  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Try a square bladed edging spade, if you've been using a half moon. It is quicker and cleaner.

    Another huge time saver is to drop a big piece of sod over an area that you need a small piece in, then cut a bigger shape around it going through both layers of sod. remove the pieces you cut from the bottom layer and press the top layer in its place as a perfect fit. This also keeps the edge pieces bigger so they don't dry out or get sucked up by a lawn mower.

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