Sod Removal

JHill321

LawnSite Member
I want to offer Sod Removal along with my other services. What should I charge? I have my own sod cutter so no need to rent. Would I charge by the square feet? How much a square foot? I would just be removing the old sod, taking it away and rakeing up the yard. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.
 

Hughes Landscaping

LawnSite Member
Location
Acworth, GA
Would you be installing new sod once you remove the old sod? I charge between $1-$2 per sq ft and that incudes prep (tilling and raking).
 

ed2hess

LawnSite Fanatic
I find that there is NO need to do any tilling when doing resod. Simply use a big bagger to cut the old grass down to soil. Then replant. All that tilling get a lot of fluff under the new sod and then you have to roll it down. I simply run a WB over new sod.
 

Patriot Services

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Tampa FL
Ed makes a good point. If you set the cutter shallow you can just remove the grass and leave most of the good soil behind. This should give you enough material to rake level. Tilling should only be done for severly compacted soil or if you are incorporating better organic matter.
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Landscape Poet

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Oviedo/Orlando
Ed makes a good point. If you set the cutter shallow you can just remove the grass and leave most of the good soil behind. This should give you enough material to rake level. Tilling should only be done for severly compacted soil or if you are incorporating better organic matter.
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I agree with this too. I am not a big fan of removing more of the soil horizon than needs to be removed. This is where alot your good live supporting materials are so why would you remove it all?:hammerhead: plus it is more work. Hit is with the sod cutter just enough to remove the old turf....rake out debris ....install new sod.
 

Patriot Services

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Tampa FL
Another reason I don't like tilling yards is you "find" things. Shallow irrigation, cable tv, dog fences and other shoddy contractor issues. If your really unlucky you find the house main electrical feed 2 inches down.
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