What to use to remove turf to extend a bed?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Florida Gardener, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. I have a landscaping job that I want to remove some sod to extend the bed outwards....what tool would I use?
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    sod cutter, pick axe, or flat shovel
  3. thank you buddy
  4. frumdig

    frumdig LawnSite Member
    from nunya
    Messages: 170

    i like to use a very sharp round or flat point shovel, depending on the thickness of the turf... if its really think, a round point, otherwise a flat shovel... and you just want to scalp the grass... takes a little time to get the technique, you dont want to take out too much dirt... sod cutters have their use, but we rarely get one... heh, Weve scalped out some very large areas in our day with nothing more than a couple guys with shovels....
  5. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    If you are not renting equipment then a mattock(pick)
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I like a long handled spade or square shovel.

    Little bigger and I use a kick- sod cutter.

    Bigger yet and I go and rent a sod cutter to do big areas.

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    If its a big area, rent a sod cutter. Thats the way to go.
  8. Chrysalis

    Chrysalis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Ditch Witch!
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Last year I was getting a sore neck bending over and jabbing the flat head spade under the sod and lifting it up. I tried a 6 tine fork and discovered that it slides easily through the root system and lifts up as one solid roll of sod. It was easier and quicker.
    Probably would not work as well on a thinner turf, but definately worth a try. :)
  10. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Try a long handled spade for the tough areas, they work very well, especially the all steel versions. I have had decent success with a mulch fork to remove turf as well, but you can run into some tough spots that need a spade.


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