It is now the season of turf renovation, as many homeowners and property managers begin looking into revitalizing their landscapes ahead of the summer season. If your landscape project involves sod installation, knowing the best ways to approach cutting the sod will go a long way in ensuring your project proceeds smoothly. With preparation and the right equipment, you can help guarantee a successful result for each of your projects. Here are some tips on how to approach the cutting of sod in a landscape.
Develop the Plan
It might be obvious, but having a proper plan in place will help those cutting the sod work more efficiently. Know where the sod is going to be cut, how much of it to cut, and where it needs to be placed. And have the proper equipment for the job. While 24” cutters are common and are very efficient, they’re not the best choice for projects such as cutting sod for dog fencing or an irrigation line. In this situation, a narrower length might make more sense.
Understand the Equipment
For those who have used their sod cutters frequently, you should have a solid knowledge of how your cutter works, as well as the unique mannerisms of your device. But if you are renting a cutter, or have just purchased a brand new one, it’s worth taking the time to familiarize yourself with the device. Consult your owner’s manual and inspect the machine thoroughly before heading to a job site. It will help your project run more smoothly!
Adjust to the Soil
Not all soil is created equal, and the specific conditions on the day of sod installation may require you and your team to adjust your installation plans. Once you’ve started laying down and cutting the sod, take a look after a few feet and evaluate the depth of the cut to see if it is going to work for the soil. Alternatively, a few days before installation, water the area to ensure proper moisture levels and allow the cutter to cut with minimal resistance.
Work with Awareness
By this, we mean understanding the project needs and the needs of the sod. Don’t try to do too much as sod cutting is strenuous work. Create a plan and stick to it – manage the task by dividing it into smaller pieces. You’ll ensure that you and your team will stay focused on the task at hand and produce superior results!
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