Quickest/Easiest way to remove turf?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Florida Gardener, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. I have a customer who has 2 small areas of grass in her backyard that she wants me to remove and replace with plants. This may be a stupid question, but what is the best way to get rid of the turf?
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it's a super small area, then you can just use a long handle square shovel or manual sod cutter to do the job.

    If it's a little too big, you can rent a sod cutter for a couple of hours. They work great at romoving turf. I wouldn't suggest anything else.

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    or a tiller
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Round-up, add soil for a raised bed, mulch and be done with it.
  6. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
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    You could till it up really well so you don't actually have to dispose of it. If you need to get rid of it, then depending on how large the area is, use a flat nosed shovel or a sod cutter. Then grab it and haul it off.
  7. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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    I always remove turf.
  8. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im a round up king also ........forget that manual labor
  9. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    when's the last time you picked up a shovel? come on now dont act like your a hard worker.
  10. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    turf cutter, or sod cutter as some would call it. They work really well.

    a smaller area you can just use a flat shovel or a pitch fork and a mattock would do it also.

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