Lawn Reduction 2018-03-18T21:48:23+00:00

Lawn Reduction

Now we have explained the importance of reducing our lawns, here are the actual measurements you can take cutback on your turf. Which method is best for you, depends on your means, the size of the lawn and the location.

Manual removal

Sod Cutter

Sheet mulching




Mechanically Removing

The most common way to remove a lawn is to physically remove the sod by cutting it into strips with a spade or a sod cutter the old sod can be composted in place. or moved to a new spot. Removing sod doesn’t work if you have a persistent perennial lawn grass like Bermuda grass. Simply removing the sod on Bermuda guarantees that it will be back, since the roots go down for several feet, and it only takes an inch of root to grow it all back.

 Sheet Composting

Cut the grass as short as possible. Cover the entire area with cardboard or a thick layer of newspaper. Water paper, cover with a layer of compost, then mulch at least 4 inches thick. You can already cut holes in the paper to plant individual plants, or wait until the paper has decomposed. This method adds organic matter to soil, requires minimal labor, but it also takes a fairly long time and doesn’t work well on slopes.


Solarization is a method of soil sterilization through heating. This method works best in areas with high summer temperatures, and should be done as spring is turning to summer.  A cover of plastic will heat up the soil and kill the grass.  Remove the plastic, and leave the dead grass to compost in place. This method takes 4-8 weeks. 


Is some occasions burning can be the quickest way to remove turf. It is very dangerous and can only be done with legal permission.