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Old Patio Pavers under existing lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by kwonders, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. kwonders

    kwonders LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Found what appears to be an old patio consisting of 2"x6"x12" pavers under a customers lawn. They seem to be in a 20'x20' square area and are between 2" and 4" below the surface. The grass seems to be growing fine, although the grass roots really mat up on top of the pavers. Customer wants them removed now that we've discovered them. What is your opinion, would you remove them, tearing up the lawn to get them out, or leave them?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Pick them up and put the grass back down. Use a flat spade or pitchfork to do less damage to the sod.
  3. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    if the old sod comes up easy, take it up and reuse...if not rip it all out, fill with topsoil seed or sod....
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    If they aren't hurting anything I would leave them there. If the customer wants to pay to get them out, cool. I say more revenue is always good.
  5. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Customer wants them removed, and the customer is correct. Just make sure you get pai for the removal. If the turf is viable, it should be easy to strip off and re-install. I have found most times a spade is worse than just a poor man's sod cutter, but in this case, it may work well. Try removing some turf before offering a quote. If it goes easy, fine. If not, they may need a reseeding on bare dirt or sod.You will have to buget for enough top soil to keep it level after the patio stones are removed.

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