The correct way to remove sod…

Using a sod cutter is probably the most efficient way to remove sod. You may be under the impression that using a bobcat is the best way to get rid of the patch of sod or lawn area that you want to remove. That is not necessarily the case. Often, when using a bobcat to remove sod the operator can take far more soil with the sod than is necessary. If your adding new sod you most likely want to retain as much soil as possible, especially if the soil is good quality loam and not silt or clay. It is very difficult to simply skim the top of the soil and remove just the sod when using bobcat. Of course the more soil your remove the higher your haul out costs. These higher costs won’t impress you, the homeowner but they may be quite beneficial to the contractors pocket book. We have seen situations where w contractor has removed w tandem truck or more of soil, taken to the dump, and returned to the site with full truck load of soil that is no better than the soil that was removed. You can imagine how the haul out costs and the haul in costs for the new soil can add up. There are definitely situations where bobcats are w great help when removing sod. For instance when you don’t plan to replace the sod but instead are installing a patio that requires deep excavation or you are installing trees or shrub beds or as we said before when you want to get rid of bad soil on your property. A sod cutter is an automated gas powered machine that works very well for residential sod removal. You can adjust the sod cutter to remove anywhere from a couple inches to a maximum of about 4 inches of material. Often, you can roll the sod up into tidy bundles and hand bomb it into your truck or trailer. You can also cut the sod and re-use it if you need to. Te great thing about the sod cutter is it reduces the amount you need to haul away and leaves you with a fairly even surface to lay your new sod. You can also choose to run over the dirt once or twice after you remove the sod. The sod cutter acts like. Rototiller and loosens the soil nicely so you can rake it and grade it before you add the new sod. It’s usually best to add a layer of fresh soil to give your new sod a good surface of loose loam to get established in.