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Old 05-03-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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We put 8 arborvitae's in along the fence line last year. We want to finish putting the rest in down the fence line. What's the best way to remove the existing grass/sod. We need to remove about 4 feet wide and 25 feet long, I'm not sure how my husband did it last year but he said it was a pain in the butt...is there an easy way to remove it?
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I think there are probably better ways than what I do, which is to kill the grass by solarizing it. It still will have to be dug out, but it isn't as healthy once it starts dying.

Actually I think preparing the soil is a lot harder than clearing the grass because you really need to dig out an area larger and deeper than the root ball before you can plant. If you've got clay soil, back aches may be a side result of all that digging.

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We put 8 arborvitae's in along the fence line last year. We want to finish putting the rest in down the fence line. What's the best way to remove the existing grass/sod. We need to remove about 4 feet wide and 25 feet long, I'm not sure how my husband did it last year but he said it was a pain in the butt...is there an easy way to remove it?
Just spay it with Roundup, no need to remove it all
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If you do choose to use a flat shovel to slice it out like sod----sharpen the shovel--use an angle grinder or a bench grinder---or even a file---you need that shovel to be sharp as a knife.
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I saw this sod cutter on youtube, guy pushed it like a lawn mower and it cut the grass off in strips.
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Best way is for your husband to get his Wench out there with a garden spade and cut some lines about a foot wide, then come back and take out the sod.

If you have some place that needs grass, you can transplant that sod and it will take off quite well. I cleared out a 12x18 area like this recently and it went well.
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Cleveman, good suggestion about using the sod elsewhere. Or it could be added to a compost pile as long as it hasn't been sprayed with toxic chemicals.

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