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Old 05-04-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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I've got some slight grading issues in my backyard, plus some areas that need to be sodded. Rather that dig swales, I figure I can sod, but leave a wide gap where I want the water to flow.

But is it bad practice to sod over existing bermuda? And might me doing this create little "cliffs" with edges, or might it fill in and naturally smooth?

Finally - would a hunk of sod be high enough to raise the land and create the swale effect?

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I've got some slight grading issues in my backyard, plus some areas that need to be sodded. Rather that dig swales, I figure I can sod, but leave a wide gap where I want the water to flow.

But is it bad practice to sod over existing bermuda? And might me doing this create little "cliffs" with edges, or might it fill in and naturally smooth?

Finally - would a hunk of sod be high enough to raise the land and create the swale effect?

Thanks!
Dan
Just use good ole dirt that's capable of growing grass to elevate . Your grass will grow right up through a foot of it.

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Sod over existing sod is going to give you mixed results. Expect a substantial portion of it to die off.
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Echo PoleCat. AND, whenever laying sod, you need to buttress the edges with either soil, or some other material, such as edging. If you don't the edge of the sod will dry out and die, no matter how much water you throw on it.

Normally, you avoid this situation by butting the sod to other sod. In existing turf areas, this means preparing an edge in the existing sod that the new sod can meet.
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Just use good ole dirt that's capable of growing grass to elevate . Your grass will grow right up through a foot of it.
yeah, it probably will, some day. i put 1-2" of dirt over grass on my side yard, last year. still no grass, but the weeds like.
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yeah, it probably will, some day. i put 1-2" of dirt over grass on my side yard, last year. still no grass, but the weeds like.
What was the grass species?
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What was the grass species?
hell if i know. its the green stuff
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The species of the OP has both Rhizomes and Stolons that contribute to reproduction both sub surface and at the surface. It's a tuff turf grass but gardeners hate it for those two reasons.
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