new sod on old vegetable garden

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EZTarget, May 10, 2004.

  1. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    i have a customer who wants to install st Augustine sod in her back yard on what used to be a vegetable garden. it is about 14'x50' and the ground is quite soft - i am sure from constant tilling and replanting. when walking on it, it leaves impressions. the soil is not damp or wet. i haven't gotten the soil tested yet but would i need to install top soil to firm this area up?

    also, a big problem is access. this is in the back part of a yard that has a pool. this yard is multilevel (it is raised about 2 1/2' with a retaining wall). and separating the pool area are shrubs except for a 3' step to access this yard. only about 3' between pool and house so it is a tight fit all around. almost lost my mower in the pool just getting back there to knock down the weeds.

    is she better off doing something else?
  2. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    any thoughts here?
    any of you LCOs in Arlington area interested in this job? i will hand it off so i can ensure this customer gets good service. i don't have the resources for it.
  3. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    just get a hand roller bring in some topsoil and roll away til the ground firms up. adding topsoil if needed. Then you can sod over it.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    The ground will firm up on it's own after awhile, when there is turf on it. Just make sure you put it down green side up! :)
  5. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    lol. i always wondered about that! thanks for the clarification.
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    it isn't green side up. that is for pikers. the better way is dirt side down.
  7. EZTarget

    EZTarget LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    yet another good point.
    however, i am not familiar with this term pikers...
  8. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 458

    If its bermuda it dont matter. 3 years ago I seeded my front lawn and subbed out 1000 yard Tif 419 install in the back. The guys dropped a piece of sod on the seeded area dirt side up. I didn't pick it up because I did not want to walk on my newly seeded lawn. 6 weeks later that one piece of sod took hold now I have one piece of 419 among my seeded Sahara.:D

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