Removing Sod - New Bed

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Peacock, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. Peacock

    Peacock writing some wrongs Supporter

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    We just moved to our new place, and I need to get some new garden beds started. I know how to remove sod on small areas like I've had in the past - take a shovel and carve it off square by square. Hard work! How do people do it with big areas? I'm looking at opening up at least 3 10'x 20' garden beds this first year - one each for strawberries, asparagus, and annual veggies. That's a lot of sod to dig out.
     
  2. WolfWalksSoftly

    WolfWalksSoftly Level II -Inappropriate

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    I just mow close and use a Tiller, then go back over it again after the grass, roots have dried a bit, or just pick out the larger pieces of sod after Tilling.
     

  3. swamp man

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    Around here,it's pretty cheap to rent a sod cutter.They are a little rough on the operator,pretty comparable to a front-tine tiller,and they are quite heavy.It'll make short work of the sod removal.
     
  4. Marcia in MT

    Marcia in MT Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The woman who wrote the book "Lasagna Gardening" doesn't advocate sod removal before building the bed: she lays down cardboard or thick layers of wet newspaper and makes her beds on top of that.