How to Use a Sod Kicker

Written by damon koch
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A sod kicker, which is also called a sod cutter, is a convenient yard tool. A sod kicker is a specially designed hand-held tool that makes it easier to strip off grass from an area of your yard. The most common time to use a sod kicker is before planting a garden in a grassy location of your yard. A sod kicker is purchased or can be rented if you think you need it only once.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Garden hose
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Water the area from which you wish to strip the sod the day before, using a garden hose. Do not flood the area but get it moist enough to easily insert a screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Position the sod cutter at one end of the area being stripped.

  3. 3

    Push the handles down while you kick the cross bar that runs between the handles. This will push the blade into the ground.

  4. 4

    Apply steady downward pressure on the handles as you kick the sod cutter forward. Proceed in this manner until you reach the end of the area being stripped.

  5. 5

    Pull the blade out of the ground by lifting up on the handles. Roll up the cut sod and dispose of it or move it to a location in the yard where you may have bare spots. Proceed to the next row of sod being stripped in the area and repeat the process until you have fully stripped the area.

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