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How to Prepare Before Removing the Grass From Your Lawn for a New Landscape Design

For some people, the perfect lawn is made up of thick, green grass and nothing else. However, if you want to change things up a little, you’ll need to remove your existing grass before you can add new landscape elements. The key is to make the proper preparations to make this process as smooth and easy as possible.


Water the Grass

Since you’re going to remove your grass, it seems counterintuitive to water it. However, watering your grass will help make removal much easier because it will soften the soil in which the grass is growing. If it’s been a while since you’ve had rain, you’ll want to have a long watering session so that the water can penetrate and soften the soil.

Prepare a Place to Put the Grass

Once you remove the grass, you’re going to need a place to put it. If you have especially nice grass, you may be able to put it on pallets to be sold as sod. For most people, though, the easiest solution is to simply rent skip bins so that you can dump large amounts of grass at the same time. Just make sure you have enough skip bin capacity so that you don’t end up with piles of grass laying around your yard.

Have the Right Tools

If you only need to remove a small area of grass, hand tools such as shovels and hoes can do the job effectively. For larger areas of grass, though, it’s best to rent a tool to help you remove the grass quickly. Sod removers use a blade to cut below the surface of the soil to remove the grass in strips. Thus, all you have to do is push the sod remover back and forth until the entire area is bare.

Get a Load Of Dirt

Thanks to the extensive root systems of many kinds of grass, removing your sod will likely remove a fair amount of soil, as well. If you’re planning on planting something else in place of the grass, you’ll want to have a load of dirt on hand to replace what has been lost. This will help you get started quickly on the next phase of your project to help keep erosion to a minimum.

As you remove your grass, it’s a good idea to save some for later. This will help make it easier to replant small areas after installing your new landscape elements. Of course, if you’re removing all your grass, then you’ll not only want to get rid of all your existing grass but potentially use a herbicide to prevent the grass from growing back.


Author Bio:  Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

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