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Rototill or Sod Cutter?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Slcareco, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    Im looking to install new beds but there is a lush green lawn that needs to come up. What do you guys recommend? Will just simply rototilling it all up get rid of the grass or will it be a grading nightmare? Should I sod cut it first then rototill compost and such in?


    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    If I were doing this project I would remove the turf first (you can decide if you want to do it with a sod cutter or just the ol' way) then till the soil to a level you are happy with. If you just till the turf you will end up with a lot of crap to rake out in the end.
  3. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    thanks for the response! Im thinking maybe a few rototills will do the trick while adding compost in it and just grade the remaining debris out, its getting mulched anyway
  4. kregan

    kregan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    When I did my front yard I removed the the sod, then tilled in top soil.

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  5. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    looks good! I was thinking about mowing it low then scalping it with a weed whacker then rototilling it
  6. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 1,134

    A sod cutter is like $50 to rent... and will save you alot of hassle.
  7. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    No question, I always use a sod cutter first. I'd rather get the job done clean the first time. Rototilling will leave you with tons of clumps to rake out. Before I started using a sod cutter I'd spend way too much time trying to clean up all of the debris from tilling.

    Sod cut once and be done with it.
  8. Jb3NH

    Jb3NH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Another vote for sodcutter
  9. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    What about just scalping it with a weed whacker after cutting it down low and just raking the clippings up and rototill the rest in?
  10. bjlc

    bjlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    sod cutter is the way to go...tried the roto but it just made a mess.

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