installing sod

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by meets1, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,850

    I have installed many rolls but do any of you guys have a faster method of cutting sod around irrigation, poles, sidewalks??
  2. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I’m sure each person has his choice method of cutting sod, but a serrated kitchen knife works well for cutting around pipes, sprinkler heads, and other smaller objects. I like to use a good sharp half moon for longer cuts such as along sidewalks. Some guys use edgers, but I haven’t had success doing it that way myself.

    I suppose that you could come up with something like a bulb planter that could be used over sprinkler heads.
  3. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Serrated knife here. Its easy to handle and does the job.
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Serrated steak knife works well, although the installer from the sod farm rolled his eyes at me when I pulled them out. They use the buck-knife sytle razor knifes so they can change blades quickly.

    I find a stick edger works GREAT for cutting in beds and tree rings.

    The bulb planter idea sounds like a good method for irrigation heads. Good winter project.
  5. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    same as above... Except I use a small saw. Mine is about 8in long with fine teeth. Also I use my edger on the sidewalks and driveways. Much easier and faster.
  6. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Hmm... I wonder if anyone has tried using this tool for cutting sod?

  7. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 808

    Hatchet or pointed shovel works great. I think a sawzall would be a waste of time. Its just sod. You can usually tear it with your hands just as easy.
  8. prostriper

    prostriper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    I see it now, Millwalkee coming out with a sod blade next week.
  9. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    a sharp knife and sometimes rips work in the middle
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    A sharp flat spade works well, too. It all depends on what type of line your cutting. When we piece pieces together, it is fast to just make a few chops with the spade. The surrated knife works well fpr many smaller things too, though.

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