Removing Sod With a Sod Cutter


There are several reasons why you might want to remove sod with a sod cutter. You may want to renovate your entire yard, and removing sod with a sod cutter is much less work than tilling the existing grass under and re-leveling your lawn. Or you may want to remove an area of sod to put in a vegetable garden. If your sod is of good quality, you have the ability to lay it in another area of your yard that is suffering. Like all other pieces of machinery, you must first familiarize yourself with the sod cutter before removing your sod.

Step 1

Rent a sod cutter from your local rental store. Familiarize yourself with it before beginning your project.

Step 2

Mark out the area of your lawn that you want to remove the sod. Use marking paint to draw the borders.

Step 3

Position the sod cutter at the edge of where you want to begin cutting. Kick the crossbar between the two handles while pushing down on the handles to get the blade into the soil.

Step 4

Push and/or kick the sod cutter forward while guiding it with the handles to begin lifting the sod. Depending on the sod and soil quality, this may be an easy and quick process or a hard and long one. Continue until all the sod is lifted away from the soil.

Step 5

Roll up the strips of sod and use them as you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Marking paint
  • Sod cutter


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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.