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    Best tools/implements and method to clear grass for planting beds and pathways?

    We are getting ready to remove sections of grass around our yard to install some some planting beds, put wood chips around play area and build some walkways.

    Iím wondering what recommendations people might have to best get this done? We have a 1025r with FEL and backhoe so love to leverage that but wondering if a sod cutter or other implement might be better. The backhoe is doable but likely slow and inconsistent on width and depth of grass removal. The FEL with a toothy bar might be good for removing layer of grass in some areas, but likely too wide in some spots for the types of planting beds, pathways, and in and around a playground sctructure.

    I was thinking renting a sod cutter might be ideal, as we could creat some clean cut always for planting beds and paths.

    Any other thoughts?

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    If you're sure that you actually need to remove the sod, then I would get a sod cutter and then leverage the tractor and FEL to move the sod to wherever you're going to dump it.

    Is there any reason that you can't just spray Round-Up and kill the grass where you want to put in the new beds and play area? Even if you remove the sod, you're still going to have weeds/grass spring up on you in that area.

    Have you ever used a sod cutter?

    Is the playground structure already in place?

    Are the walkways going to be just dirt and/or wood chips? Or are you going to put in gravel or pavers?
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    I agree with Mark, unless youíre going to repurpose the removed sod I see little reason to do so. Kill it, and do what you want.
    If you want to remove the sod regardless I have found the blank bucket to work wonders.


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    I've removed sod for exactly the same reason around the house. You don't need to buy anything - you already have a loader.

    Take a shovel and cut the sod where you want to start the width of your loader bucket. Then get your bucket positioned with the cutting edge at the depth you want to cut - hold the bucket level - then just go forward. It will peel the sod up perfectly and it ends up in the bucket.
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    Thx for the tips. Much appreciated.

    My concern with using the front end loader in some parts is it is wide range than the area I need to dig up. So it will work in some and not others. Especially around the existing play structure.

    Round up is an option, but was trying to avoid that in the area where the kids are.

    Iíve never used a sod cutter, just heard about it so no experience there. But thought it might be an agile option in smaller areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djstepanich View Post
    Thx for the tips. Much appreciated.

    My concern with using the front end loader in some parts is it is wide range than the area I need to dig up. So it will work in some and not others. Especially around the existing play structure.

    Round up is an option, but was trying to avoid that in the area where the kids are.

    Iíve never used a sod cutter, just heard about it so no experience there. But thought it might be an agile option in smaller areas.
    I use glyphosate for many things but not for sod removal. While it will kill the grass it will not get rid of the sod layer itself. You will still need to remove it manually.
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    Thx for all the tips. Will try and giving it a go with my bucket and see how well that digs things up.
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    Unless you can sell the sod, renting a sod cutter is a waste.
    Just use the bucket as said above.
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    The only challenge Iím going to face with my bucket on my 1025r is that it will be too wide in some areas and would peel up too much grass in some spots. Are there any attachments that allow you to have a smaller bucket of digging tool mounted on the front? Say 3 ft ish wide?

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    If it were me.... I would rent the sod cutter and slice up what you want to remove
    Then use the bucket to scoop up the cut sod and dump it where you want it.

    The sod cutter will give you more control over angles, smaller areas, etc. It will leave a nice "surface" on the dirt where it cuts the sod layer off. You will want to criss-cross the sod cutter so you dont end up with huge pieces of sod that are hard to handle.

    I know that I wouldn't be able to do a clean enough job with just my bucket. You are probably better with your FEL than I am though.

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