Removing Your Southwest Sod

The southwestern states have a warm, arid climate making it difficult for certain types of sod to grow into a healthy lawn. Warm-season grass and cool-season grass are the two general types of western sod.

Examples of cool-season grasses include Fescue, Bluegrass and Ryegrass. These grasses are easy to remove, all you need to do is turn off the water supply and dig it out.

Warm-season grass can be a bit more difficult to remove because these types of grass are well-adapted to the warm, dry desert. Examples of warm-season sod include Bermuda, Buffalo and Zoysia. These types of western sod should be treated with a non-selective herbicide before removal due to the fact that they are more deeply rooted in the soil. Be cautious when choosing an herbicide as some can affect your soil.

When it comes time to remove your Arizona sod lawn, you can use a shovel to dig up small areas of grass. For larger areas it is recommended to use a sod-cutter. This will cut the sod into strips that can be rolled up and carried away. Sod-cutters are available for rent at some home improvement stores. Make sure to read all instructions and use caution when operating a sod-cutter.

If you are planning to dispose of your old sod lawn yourself, it is best to take it to a company that recycles green waste. If this is not possible, take the grass and debris to your local landfill. Several trash companies offer a service where they provide a small container for your sod debris, deliver it to your door, and take it away after it’s full.

While you are removing last season’s sod, clear the area of all rocks, stumps or other debris to help you prepare for the installation of your new southwest sod. Once your site is all clear, you’ll want to reference your landscape plan and mark where your plants will be located with temporary paint or flags.

Now, you are ready to install your new sod lawn. Take some time to shop around and find a company that offers the type of sod that is best suited for your lawn. Evergreen Turf offers a lawn selector tool which takes you through a series of questions to help determine which varieties are best suited for your location.

The final decision to be made is whether you will install your sod yourself or leave it to the professionals. If you decide to take on the task yourself, take all the necessary steps including ground preparation, install, watering and maintenance.

If you prefer to have a professional install your lawn, find a company which offers professional installation service. Evergreen Turf is comprised of highly skilled installation crews with years of experience in Arizona sod installation.

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