I plan on renting a sod cutter to come in and take away the existing grass, then prep the area for new sod and lay it down. My question is, along the driveway, not the one the truck is in, there are quite a few roots from maples along the road, am I going to run into problems with the sod cutter in those areas? I know it might be a pain, but I'm talking about any huge problems that will prevent me from getting the job done. Its my neighbors lawn so the option of using any different machinery such as a skid with a cultivator or something similar is out of the option to try and save money. I guess I'm just looking for your ideas. And in case anyone is wondering the lawn isn't really dying badly, there is one spot that died because of grubs, and then he noticed the lawn was a little this so he asked if I could just come in and rip it out and install new sod.