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Sod Questions

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by thackerlawncare, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. thackerlawncare

    thackerlawncare LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 21

    I have a customer that wants me to re-sod their front yard. Do you think it would be better to kill the grass then til it up before sodding? Or do you think simply tilling the existing turf and putting the sod on top would work? Thanks
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    What's the soil like? How large is if?
    Do you have any pictures?
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  3. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Till it, rake out most of the debris. I've never sprayed to kill the weeds before but just till it up instead.
  4. thackerlawncare

    thackerlawncare LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 21

    Thanks haulboy
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    Tilling makes a mess--you end up with thousands of chunks of sod. Then you have to lift those out by hand, load onto your truck and haul away.
    Sod cutter is the way to go.
  6. bamaturf

    bamaturf LawnSite Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 136

    spray ru , wait a week or so until good & dead. by this time the neighbors
    are asking ?'s then harley rake then lay sod
  7. TurnerLawn&Landscape

    TurnerLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    if the area is flat rent the sod cutter, you are still gonna have a fair amount of debris to remove, just did 900 square feet removing existing lawn, took 6 hours total, lawn was not flat, and ground is soaking wet so sod cutter had a rough time, and bent my 6x13 trailer tongue from the weight of debris! Not happy about that one.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I know it is always frowned upon and laughed at by other lcos, but just cutting it short and laying th sod right on top does seem to work without problems. I suppose it would help to layer down some compost over the old stuff.
    I would still kill the old stuff to ensure that green decay doesn't create disease for the new roots...

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