Landscape Fabric or not

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by rjjmurph, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. rjjmurph

    rjjmurph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    quick question. I am putting in playground mulch around a swingset area for a customer - it is currently all grass. Aside from the edges, where I plan to remove sod, should I remove all sod in the entire area (780 sqft) or kill the grass and apply landscape cloth?

    My thoughts are to remove all the sod and forget the cloth as I think eventually the mulch thins out and the cloth shows through. Ideas on how to charge form 780 sqft of sod removal? How long should it take with rented equipment? By hand? thanks.
  2. Lnd Svyr

    Lnd Svyr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I'd forget the landscape cloth. It does show through and is a nightmare to later remove. I know 'cause I just finished removing some from a couple of beds I will be building up with wall stones.

    I'd be concerned about killing the grass with chems where children will be playing.
  3. klink34

    klink34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    The fabric my show up if you don't stake it right. If you stake it down well enough then when it shows (due to the mulch washing away) then it is time to throw a new layer down or add a little more. even though the sod is removed there is always ways for it to come right back up along with weeds. grass and weeds coming up threw mulch is much more than a sight for sore eyes than the fabric showing.
  4. rsls

    rsls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    dont use the cloth and only spot spray trouble areas if needed and hand pick straggling weeds as the pop up. should not have many if the area is used frequently. Worked for me so far.
  5. Gators_Aerator

    Gators_Aerator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    If you are not sure. Use heavey layers of newspaper 10 or more sheets. Water down well and then apply a think covering of mulch. The newpaper will decompose over time and will allow you to kill the grass without chemicals. You customer will like the fact that you thought about the children and you are building up the soil with the newspaper.
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    playground mulch should be 4" at least. weeds and grass will not poke through 4" of mulch. only strip the sod back 12" around the perimeter where it will thin out
  7. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Why not spray it with Roundup and burn it down with a line trimmer and lay the new sod on top?
  8. rjjmurph

    rjjmurph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks all - great comments/advice. I particularly like the newspaper idea - with a child of my own, this looks like a good approach; along wiht a thick layer of mulch. -
  9. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Messages: 548

    Who said any thing about new sod ??????????

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