Step 1: Cut the sod

toh landscape contractor roger cook cutting the sod
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Using a sod cutter, slice through the grass roots to make long strips of loose sod. These machines are difficult to turn, so make your runs parallel to the lawn's longest edge, if possible. Cut as much of the lawn as you can with the cutter; use a hoe for tight spots near the house.
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    Tools List

    • flat blade shovel
      Shovel
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • Gas powered sod cutter
      Sod Cutter
    • rotary tiller
      Tiller
    • walk-behind spreader
      Seed spreader
    • metal garden rake
      Grading rake
    • hand rake
      Leaf rake

    Shopping List

    1. Compost

    2. Soil amendments3. Grass seed