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Smaller Projects (such as home lawns):

We have the capability to remove existing turf at your job site. We refer to our manual (walk-behind) sod harvester as “the jitterbug.” For renovation projects where there is no need for grade changes, jitterbugging is an effective way to remove unwanted turf without removing significant amounts of topsoil.

Larger Projects:

For larger projects, such as sports field or golf course renovations, we can also bring a larger sod harvester to remove existing turf. Lavery’s has performed sod removal at sports fields and golf courses where the customer wanted to re-use the turf we were removing. Depending on the time of year and how well the existing turf holds together when it is harvested, recycling of existing turf is a possibility. An example of this type of project was the renovation of the River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford, Virginia. Their goal was to re-work several fairways that were already established in bentgrass. The bulk of the project took place in the fall/winter of the year, when harvested sod has an increased longevity due to cooler temperatures. Lavery’s was hired to harvest the bentgrass fairways. The fairways were re-graded/re-worked, and the bentgrass sod was re-installed. The majority of the bentgrass harvested was successfully re-planted over the course of the renovation project. When temperatures started to warm up, the golf course rented climate controlled semi-trailers to store harvested bentgrass while they re-worked the fairway(s) before re-installing the turf. Time-of-year is an important consideration when planning projects with the intention of re-using the turf that you hire us to harvest for you.

Scrap Removal:

Because many renovation projects involve the removal of unwanted grasses, such as bermudagrass (wiregrass), Lavery’s would prefer not to haul scrap from a job site back to the sod farm. When possible, we attempt to relocate scrap to a site nearby (in an adjacent woods, for example). If there is nowhere to dump the undesirable vegetation removed at the job site, Lavery’s may need to charge a dump-fee if we are needed to haul the scrap to a landfill location.

If your goal is to rid your yard of bermudagrass, be aware that it is difficult to kill. We recommend that you spray bermudagrass multiple times in the heat of the summer to kill the bermuda and decrease the chance of its return after the new sod is installed. After several treatments with glyphosate, look for any green color remaining in the plant or for sap in the stem. If you see any green color or notice fluid in the plant tissue, the bermuda is not dead yet. When all of the bermuda is brown and dry, you can proceed to physically removing the dead grass and preparing the yard for sod. If your yard is continuous with another yard that has bermuda, it’s likely that it will spread back into your renovated yard over time, unless the neighbors kill and remove their bermudagrass as well.

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