Grass to Stone

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Turf Z, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Have a customer that possibly wants to take out most of their fenced in dog area & put all stone for their dogs. right now there is quite a bit of grass (healthy too) in the area (probably 100'x75')

    What would be the easiest way to do about getting rid of the turf?
    I have used herbicide in the past for smaller areas but nothing this size. Wondering if I should either use a sod cutter and cut rows, till it, or try and bucket scrape it out with a skidsteer or tractor.

    Also I have heard of using a tractor gill rake attachment but that seems like it would make a large mess. (I have one already for my equipment)

    Also the land is on about a 30-40 degree angle hill.. which makes me weary off trying to scrape it up with equipment.

    Any and all advice is appreciated.
  2. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Hey Turf
    I would use a sod cutter to remove the turf. I have a property that has a dog run like you have described. They described before I was hired in that the previous company came in with a sod cutter and took out the grass and applied a vegatation killer, they then put down weed block felt and then installed pea gravel. I kinda wondered about the weed felt due to keeping the smell of urine, but they say there is no issues.
  3. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Have never cut out this much sod in my years... should it roll up quite easily after cutting it into strips? possible to maybe scrap it up with an equipment bucket since it wont be such a large mass?
  4. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Yea, 7500 sqft is a lot, I would grab a bobcat.
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Rent a skid with tracks and a tooth bucket
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  6. clipfert

    clipfert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Spray it. Let it die. Landscape fabric. Add your stone.

    In a perfect world: Having a sod cutter like you would see mounted to a tractor at a sod farm. You would be looking at 15 pallets of sod to take away. Which is quite a bit especially considering the slope you described. After you take it all up now you have to haul it all away. What equipment do you have to handle that?

    When it's all said and done the steps of tearing out the sod and hauling it away will probably make your customer back out of that idea due to cost.

    You could give them two options.

    1. Removal of sod. Haul it away.
    Spray remaining grass Landscape Fabric. Stone.
    2. Spray. Let the sod die. Landscape Fabric. Stone.
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Your customer is going to regret this.
  8. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Tell me about it haha. I have tried to tell them otherwise. Trust me :nono:

    I was thinking about just spraying it & covering it then stone. They are against using chemicals because of the dogs.. I might back out of this one :dizzy:

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