How to Remove Grass Sod to Prepare for Sod Installation
Call 281-431-7441. In this video, Houston Grass South owner Michael Romine describes how to remove old grass sod from your project area in order to prepare for laying new sod. Houston Grass South sells the finest St. Augustine grass, Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass available in the Houston area, at prices that typically beat the big box stores. We’re located in Arcola Texas and we deliver grass sod to Pearland, Missouri City, Sugar Land and all over metro Houston.
Here’s Michael’s description of how to remove old grass sod.
Here’s a summary of the video.
How to remove grass sod? We remove sod primarily with a sod cutter that takes a 12 to 16 inch strip of grass out after the grass in the area is good and dead with Roundup. You take as little dirt as possible and it scrapes it off and leaves nothing but the bare dirt there. There are several brands at Lowe’s and Home Depot of these machines but they all pretty much work the same way, and that is the advised way to take grass out of the yard it’s been contaminated with weeds or Bermuda grass.
The cheaper way to do this is to still kill the area with a Roundup application, and then you can go in there with a weedeater and cut the grass down, turn the weedeater upside down and cut it down absolutely as low as you can to the dirt, and then rake up all of that dead material out of there and bag it up and get it out of there. And then lay the grass down on top of that. The problem with that is that we do not guarantee the grass that way, we don’t have any problems with it at all, and we don’t have near as much to haul off so that it’s a cheaper service, you don’t have to pick up and rent the sod cutter and everything, but you can do the weedeater method, you can create some problems for yourself that way, there’s going to be some dying grass and some rotting grass. If it doesn’t all rot evenly it might settle unevenly.
You’re probably going to have to water more upfront to get the air pockets out, it’s very important when you lay new grass sod, to get the air pockets out. You want as much dirt on dirt contact, meaning the dirt on the bottom of the grass rests directly on the dirt on the surface of your project area. You want as much dirt on dirt contact and then water that dirt, so that it kind of sandwiches together and gets rid of the air pockets. If you do not get rid of the air pockets, the new roots will start to grow out of the bottom of the block of grass and then when they hit an air pocket they die, and so that is one of the problems with doing that. That is also a problem if you do not water enough or something like that. The purpose of the excessive watering that first day is, not only to, you rip the grass out of the ground and you traumatized it and moved it around, the primary reason for doing that is to get rid of those air pockets and seal it to its new home.
All of the grass sod from Houston Grass South comes from our family farm in Bay City Texas. Our family has been raising grass on that farm for more than 25 years, so we know what were doing in the grass business.
Houston Grass South offers sod removal services. If you’d like an estimate for removing your old grass sod from your project area, please call us at 281-431-7441 today!