WATER WISE Sod Removal
Unfortunately, there is no quick AND easy way for the Do-It-Yourselfer. There is a quick way, and an easy way. Choose the method best for you.
Sod Removal - Quick Method:
Dig out your sod. If you are digging by hand, it is a good idea to water a couple of days before. This will aid you in getting your shovel through the tough roots.
Depending on the size you want to remove, consider renting a sod cutter. It will quickly slice right through the roots allowing you to roll up your sod and remove it.
Be warned, sod is heavy! Use a sturdy wheelbarrow, and be sure you have a plan for disposing of, or using, the sod. Because of the large amount of dirt in the root structure, sod cannot be discarded in your yard waste bin. Filling in holes is a great way to use leftover sod.
Sod Removal - Easy Method:
Cover your grass with overlapping layers of cardboard, newspaper, or other biodegradable material. Then, top with a few inches of compost, mulch, or grass clippings. This organic material will hold in moisture and help keep your barrier in place.
This method is best for your soil because the nutrients in the grass will remain in the ground. Both the barrier and the organic matter will be incorporated into the soil naturally.
Plastic is not recommended, it is not biodegradable and could heat the ground enough to kill beneficial organisms. It will take several months, however, if you cover the barrier with soil or compost you can begin planting right away!
Contact WATER WISE Staff:
- Water Conservation Program Office, 360.753.8271
- Email: email@example.com