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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Apr 21, 2017 7:46 AM CST
We have need of some sod to put in a ditch where the county dug it out last fall. (another story that I won't go into here because it makes us both so hostile..........). Our son is having a deck built on their house, with construction to start soon. I looked out their patio door the other day and told the Spousal Unit "HERE is where we can get some sod", because DS will have to kill it, put down plastic, then decorative rock. No sense letting all that nice, weedless sod be killed and go to waste. My question is..............is there any "easy" was of digging/pulling up sod other than grubbing it out with a shovel? I think the ditch is probably at least 40 feet long and we're wanting to put it down the middle where the water runs down. We're both usually pretty ingenuitive, but neither one of us can think of a tool to use to do this.

I think the word I'm looking for here is "uniform", which we most certainly will NOT get with the shovel routine.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Apr 21, 2017 7:47 AM CST
You can rent a sod cutter.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Apr 21, 2017 7:50 AM CST
Well, golly, I will have to look into that. We're kind of a small town here, but we do have a "rent it" place. If they don't have anything like that, it's on to "Plan B".
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Apr 21, 2017 8:34 AM CST
Yay..............the rent-it place does have a sod cutter. So, problem solved!!!!!!!!!!! I guess I just never thought of one of those. Green Grin!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 21, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Good luck with your project. Don't you just love when things fall into place on the cheap side rather than the spendy side? Hopefully you have conveyed your preferences to the County and they won't 'ditch' the new stuff out as well. I had to go throw myself in front of the County mowers when they decided to give all the roadside shrubs a 'flat-top' hairdo. I have a nice hedge of native hardhack (Spiraea douglasii) that does not create any sort of sight problem and looks stupid (in my view) when sheared flat.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Apr 21, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Well, it all started when they decided that they "had" to dig out part of our lawn/ditch because the culvert wouldn't drain. Had they decided to do this project in early summer.........but, noooooo...........it was the middle of October. They dug it out, then "spread" grass seed and put down straw. Of course that late the seed didn't take, and with snow melt and the rains, it has washed the straw down farther in the part of the ditch where they didn't dig. Oh, and it took the 10 pounds of grass seed WE put in this spring. The SU said about the only way we're going to get grass back in there again is to put some sod. He had planned to just skin some crap off out in the field, till I looked out at the Kid's area where they're going to put their deck and said "here's our sod".

I had told the SU that he never should have told them to dig it up, but the downside to leaving it was the rainwater was washing ravines along the side of the blacktop and making another/different mess. A case of "damned if you do and damned if you don't".
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 21, 2017 9:10 AM CST
We have a similar drainage issue here. The roadside ditches drain through a part of our pasture to the river. Unfortunately the cows tromping through the ditch for years after the drought killed the grass in it has caused it to no longer drain, so that we have about a three acre slough after any significant rain. But I'm afraid that, if they will actually do anything about it, I won't like the result.
Porkpal
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Apr 21, 2017 11:05 AM CST
We went and measured..........it's not 40 feet, it's 80 where we have to put "something". Grumbling
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Apr 21, 2017 12:16 PM CST
And how big an area is your sod source?
Porkpal
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Apr 21, 2017 12:25 PM CST
I think it will be big enough. Gonna be a 30K deck. LOL Glad I don't have to pay for that. But, they're making it all out of that composite stuff, which I would have loved to have had for the pergola. Just the materials would have run about 10K for that. I said nope, treated lumber is fine with me. Green Grin!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Apr 21, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Yes, at this stage I figure anything I build only has to last as long as I do.
Porkpal
Name: Deb
Planet Earth, Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Apr 21, 2017 8:18 PM CST
We just replaced our roof and all the hype was on 30 or 50 year warranties. Huh? Not my problem...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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