Turf Removal

Updated April 17, 2017

There are several reasons why you may have to remove turf from your yard. Maybe it just isn't taking to the ground in your yard or maybe you need to make room for new plants. Whatever the reason, turf removal is a simple process. Some may tell you that you need machinery or pesticides to get rid of old turf, but the easiest way to remove it is to dig it up.

Wet the turf down a few days before you want to remove it. This will soften the soil and make it easier to work with. Use a hose or sprinkler system to thoroughly saturate the ground.

Use the edge of a spade to cut the turf into 1 foot wide strips. These smaller pieces will be easier to remove than the larger pieces that you installed.

Lift the edge of the first strip of sod with the edge of the spade. Cut through any roots that may be connecting the sod to the ground and try to shake off any loose soil. Pry up the entire strip of turf using the spade.

Use your hands to roll up the strip of turf and place it wherever you are going to dispose of it. Wear gloves during this process.

Repeat the steps above for each strip of turf on your lawn until it is all removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Hose
  • Spade
  • Gloves
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Isabell Hue is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. She is also a freelance writer. She is published on various websites, specializing in informative skincare articles, and is the Reno-area health expert for yet another prominent online publication.