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Hilt On (1 month ago)
Inspired. Thank you x
rolller123 (1 month ago)
Pssst---great video---I wont tell your husband you can lift 200 lbs. ---if you can get him to do the heavy work---very smart !
Anna Gray (2 months ago)
Ooh, that's how you do it in a civilized way! :))) I always just came out with my cultivator and tilled the dirt until all grass just fell off of it :)))) I will try your way now :) Thank you for sharing! ♥
Jennifer Jenkins (2 months ago)
Incredibly motivating to watch this! I'll stop procrastinating about the small area we have on our hands! Thank you!
MrsBlack (2 months ago)
Thanks for this demonstration. This is a game-changer for me. Love it!
Mae Ann (2 months ago)
hi, man! I’m so ready to tacke my first garden project for my first ever property. Can I use a turf edger to do this????
B. K. (2 months ago)
Great vid! This is going to be my weekend project. Thanks for the motivation!
Parker Williams (2 months ago)
Great video. Good method.
Corazon logue (2 months ago)
thank you
Mai kim (2 months ago)
I just love you. You do everything with so much passion. I love all your videos. Thanks for sharing! I been wanting to remove some grass in my backyard and start a flower bed and this video help a lot. Thank you!
Audible Quest (3 months ago)
Your a fuckin' boss.
ROTAXD (3 months ago)
Garden Answer...ok, I've got a newb question (or possible 2) for you. Although my wife & myself have been in our home for quite some time now (nearly 15 years....I know, I know lol) we've never put in the landscaping/beds we've wanted to. I've actually got some time to do that now. My wuestion is this, our lawn goes right up to the foundation and has been that way (as far as we know) since the mid 50's when the house was built. Will removing the grass still be as easy as in this video or will a 60 year old root structure make it that much more difficult ?
Debra Arizona (3 months ago)
I like the method you use for removing the sod,you always make things look so easy!...Thanks for sharing!
ART CORE (3 months ago)
What do you do with the removed sod? I live in a housing community where even one weed sticking out or some trash left on the curb 1 min early and i get fined by the HOA.
seriously? really? (3 months ago)
811 is a free service. Better safe than sorry. Know WHERE your utilities are COILED. Cable, phone and even buried low voltage irrigation wiring crisscrossing your bed is a costly repair even if no one gets injured. It could also be deadly. I was told by the seller/ builder that my buried high powered electrical service went straight out the backside of the on ground transformer, straight toward the house and was buried at least 18inches deep from the bed I wanted to create to hide that unsightly transformer box. 811 utility locator service discovered that 4 coils of excess high powered electrical cable was actually looped around the FRONT 5ft of space around the box then zig zagged around the spot to spend out the rest of the excess before heading toward the house. In the final grading of the site it was never properly buried the minimum required depth. Carefully scraping off the mulch I discovered it wasnt shovel deep, less than 6inches covered in actual dirt. I had another 18 inches of fill dirt hauled in to cover it and for good measure had large boulders brought in to fashion a rustic rockscape over the site so future gardeners would never be tempted to dig over that big area. It disguised the transformer box enough. Never assume construction clean up crews left to site clean up and grading got it right or that the utility guy cut out excess line instead of leaving it on the ground.
Tris A (3 months ago)
chica im so glad u did this video love a hard working girl. great job
Dave Tormala (3 months ago)
Thank you for this video. I'm in process in making a garden and I needed help in figuring how to start with it. but this is the start and I need to get rid of the grass for the garden. I making a garden bed and I need the place boards This helps me as well. Thank you.
Karamia (3 months ago)
You are always beautiful, inside and out! Great job..I think I will tackle a spot in my yard now!
garland Fraley (4 months ago)
Good job
Andre Thomas (4 months ago)
Great video! thx.
Melinda L. (4 months ago)
Hi, love your videos! I have a question . I am trying to do something similar and I live in Colorado in the front range area. I plan on dividing a third of my front lawn and converting it into a river rock landscape. ( we cannot simply use mulch because of our high winds) My question is when I cover up that part of the lawn with the polypropylene cover do I have to remove the sod first or can I cover it up then add the River rock on top of polypropylene cover?
Dallas' vlogs/ Gaming (4 months ago)
Thank u! Helped me figure out how and what to do!
Deimos Apex (5 months ago)
One note- rope is cheaper ;)
Trentacus (5 months ago)
No calling 811? While not common for power and water, communication lines such as cable tv can be just under the sod and can result in expensive damages and repair costs the digger is responsible for.
Kurt S (3 days ago)
Masin cable lines are never laid just below the grass. There are installed much deeper. If you're digging 18" or deeper, yes call for locations.
Tooth fairy (1 month ago)
RIGHT! esp by the Cable Box!
Jackie Kevan (5 months ago)
Very helpful, thank you.
leo lee (6 months ago)
thank you so much for sharing the experience, really helped me
Sue Pfeiffer (6 months ago)
That's fine for "sod" grass, but what about established mature lawns which have been in place for years?
Judith Clark (7 months ago)
You just give the idea for this coming spring! My husband not gonna be happy! 😉
mockingbird187 (8 months ago)
#1 home improvement recommendation: Hide your nearest fire hydrant so no one can find it.
Seckin Vural (9 months ago)
What is the name of that thing shes using anyone that can give me a name please im from australia?
Shay (9 months ago)
Try doing that down here in southeast Texas. Its all clay soil. Twice as hard to do
Els Laureys (10 months ago)
I'm addicted to watching your videos now, so relaxing and inspiring !!
Kate DIY (11 months ago)
When I'm not in a hurry, I place cardboard over the area and mulch on top of that. Smothers the grass and I didn't have to haul the sod away.
Owen Sands (11 months ago)
call 811(util lines), sharpened half moon edger and sharpened garden spade. Done! That's what does it for me with my bermuda tifway 419. :)
Owen Sands (11 months ago)
and yes lifting up sod is a pain in the ass. The "making squares" was the best method I found too. I've done tons of beds. I use little flags and marking paint to map them out and sometimes a hose. And really when doing it around cable boxes like that be very careful and call 811 if you have to. At our house they buried the cable line just under the sod. Had to be super careful not to slice it. Take that half moon edger and put an angle grinder to it to sharpen it. The it slices like butter. Use sharpened garden spade to lift up under squares. :)
geardriven (11 months ago)
How long did it take to remove all the sod? I'm contemplating a 12x15 concrete pad and have to remove all grass before we pour. Thanks!
Frank Winkhorst (1 year ago)
I have been doing it the way the guy on This Old House does it, with an adze, but this roll-up method looks a lot easier. And I can reuse the sod this way to fill in bare spots. Thanks.
Josh Martinez (1 year ago)
I know this is a gardening channel but might I just say shhhawwing call meeeeee!
Boerboy Washington (1 year ago)
Hmmm have you tried Romeo boots?
carla wilson (1 year ago)
Lol this is how you roll you look great...
Antonia Gorneo (1 year ago)
Hello Laura, do you have updates on this video? :) Curious how the place looks like after your magical, artistic touch :)
Ashleigh Mumford (1 year ago)
You never look like a mess in your videos! I was actually glad to see you with some dirt on your clothes! I keep watching your channel and wondering how you manage to look so good doing all this yard work. I tend to be covered in dirt and plant matter and sweat!
Laura N (1 year ago)
I'm thinking of removing grass but, I'd need help because I want to do the whole yard. I was wondering if you made a follow up video, showing where you placed the plants, in that area & how you may have added a drip system for those plants
David Jimenez (1 year ago)
You shouldn't hide a fire hydrant
Joan Smith (1 year ago)
I'm impressed! You got in there and did it! And no Round-up! Double Yea!
Marla Schaefer (1 year ago)
Just thought I would let you know that your helpful video helped inspire me to dig up a portion of my lawn to make room for a raised bed (Mother's Day gift from my children). In addition, I used the nice pieces of sod to fill in an area I was thinking about reseeding. It took me many hours and a lot of aching muscles, but I got it done. It worked just as you showed. Thanks for making this video. It really helped show me I could do it too. My husband also now has jumped in and the very next day, placed my new raised bed in it's spot. Just dirt now and away we go...
Raquel Gato (1 year ago)
You made this look soooooo eassssysyyyyyyy ese' cause thats how you roll. :) Thanks for posting this video!
YouMeUsWe (1 year ago)
Love your down to earth REALness and of course your experience sharing "warts and all " :) consider me a new subscriber.
Kelsey F (1 year ago)
Love your videos!! When you remove the sod for landscaping, do you need to add dirt? I'd like to extend and reshape the line of our landscape in the front of our house to go down beside the driveway but wasn't sure if I could just plant right into the newly lowered ground after the grass removal or if I needed to add dirt so it matches the sidewalk height.
bryan1282 (1 year ago)
Wow what a hottie.
Gabriella Roberts (1 year ago)
Instead of throwing away cords, you can buy the piece to put on the end and just have a shorter cord. Takes 5 mins.
Musical garden mom (1 year ago)
You are very inspiring 😇
Rosario Paiz (1 year ago)
I need to makeover my garden but don't know where to begin .
HuntMaster (1 year ago)
What month should I do this in
Andrea Danihel (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video! I am totally going to do this tomorrow to make way for a flower bed!
kim zorza (1 year ago)
what do you do with the heavy sod? it is too heavy for lawn bags...I have problems with this for years!!
Eye Heart Sushi (1 year ago)
I'm in the middle of a very similar project and was looking for ideas on removing the sod with the tools I already have. I have a similar edging tools as yours, so I'm gonna give this method a shot. Thanks for posting this video!!
Anand C Rockzz (1 year ago)
Embrace All (1 year ago)
what about the soil wasted from the sod shouldnt you keep that topsoil?
Sarah Elliott (1 year ago)
if only this would be as easy with st. augustine grass
Eye Heart Sushi (1 year ago)
Sarah Elliott Yeah I tried this but ended up renting a sod cutter.
Paulette Daniels (1 year ago)
You don't look like a mess! You look beautiful! I am happiest when full of dirt, too. ☺️
Alexia Villalobos (2 years ago)
love your videos
brad schultz (2 years ago)
very good video!
Donna Shepherd (2 years ago)
I can't believe you didn't start cracking up when you said, "That's how I roll." because you HAD been rolling up sod for who knows how long! lol!
Eye Heart Sushi (1 year ago)
Donna Shepherd I thought she was gonna say "No pun intended." LOL
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
Hahahahaha! :) :) :)
jerb4242 (2 years ago)
After lift the sod like you did, is it able to be transplanted else where?
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
Yep! If you get it to it's new spot right away and water it in well oftentimes it survives! :)
el dork pistolero (2 years ago)
I can get rid of my grass in my whole yard, and put stone crop thanks
DMDMD (2 years ago)
Dorian (2 years ago)
Thanks! I only had a flat shovel in the shed, and this tutorial was just the one I needed!
eagles5196 (2 years ago)
Hi where did you get your gloves?
eagles5196 (2 years ago)
+Garden Answer thank ya dear :)
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+eagles5196 I love the atlas nitrile gloves- I get them at the garden store where I work! :)
The Lawn Care Nut (2 years ago)
This is the most disturbing video on YouTube. I think I have to lay down now,,, I may never be the same :)
Anna Gray (2 months ago)
No, this is not. I can send you a link to a video made by a "landscape professional", who came in, removed ALL grass, killed all of the trees (excerpt for one) and all of the bushes, replaced them with concrete, and the one tree that was left to live (aka slowly and painfully die) was encased in a thick layer of rock and wrapped in a metal mesh. If you watch this video, you will become afraid of the landscapers :))))
Tina Grant (3 months ago)
Garden Answer hahahahaha
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+The Lawn Care Nut Hahaha! Sorry...I know you love your grass! ;)
Hello Love! (2 years ago)
Thank you that was very informative. Removed grass a couple months ago to plant a veggie garden. Now grass is back and need to remove it again
Hella Green (2 years ago)
Not sure why I am watching this, as I live in an apartment building in Germany with only a balcony (a lovely one, not complaining ;)). But good to know! Love your videos. So looking forward to seeing the garden at your new place. :)
Jules Aviles (2 years ago)
omg...we just did this too! we marked out a spot with spray paint then cut the grass on the outside of our marks but the roots were deep...like DEEP! hubby did that whole area because of my back, I can't. anyhow it's about the same size...gonna edge it then maybe brick 2 layers around it for a raised Tree and flower bed...I'll show you on FB! can't wait to see this finished Laura!! xo
Woo's Heroes (1 year ago)
Jules Aviles will love to see end final result.
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+Jules Aviles Yay! I can't wait to see pictures!!!
Julian Hernandez (2 years ago)
@Garden Answer I recently took a lantana out of the ground and put it in a pot so I could take it with me when I move but now I noticed its dying quickly dying and I want to know is there anything I can do to save it
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+julian Hernandez It may just be in shock. I would keep it well watered and maybe give it a little fertilizer. I hope it perks back up! :)
Mark Humphreys (2 years ago)
I need one of those spade things
MrsBlack (2 months ago)
After seeing this edger/shovel I bought one from Amazon.
george fraser (2 months ago)
It's not a shovel it's an edger
Frank Winkhorst (1 year ago)
The only place I've seen them in Maryland is at Ace Hardware. It's called an edger.
Ben Jay (1 year ago)
Mr Moo I wish I had an entire family that can't get enough gardening
Mr Moo (2 years ago)
I need one of these Women ! :D
GardenGnome Jay (2 years ago)
you made it look so easy to remove grass
heinkristen1 (1 year ago)
she really did and now I feel like I could also tackle a project like this. Thanks Laura
XXuan A. (2 years ago)
Always get inspired by you! looking forward to next video of putting plants in! I am going to develop an area like this this weekend. Really want to see how you do it!
AdLibby (2 years ago)
You never look like a mess. haha Thanks for the video!
Matthew savage # (1 year ago)
hi where you buy the tool?
Robbie Tullos (2 years ago)
You got me all EXCITED! very good point tho make; it's not an easy job, is a labor-of-love.Thx girl
Shelley Nichol (2 years ago)
Love you channel, i need to remove a small area of grass and now i know how to. Thanks x
Interlude Adventures (2 years ago)
Can't wait to see what you plant and how it'll look like in the end. I would love to see a whole front yard re-do or something. My parents have been struggling with their front yard for years. They want something pretty but also low meaintenance and they don't want to do grass.
Lala Hastings (2 years ago)
enjoyed learning how to do this have an area I would like to remove the grass and fix up, tfs
ayar kmh (2 years ago)
احسنتي ...
You have done an incredible job of moving all that grass :-) LOL! at you saying you look like a mess in your vids, you never look like a mess, you always look so stunning :-) thanks so much for sharing Laura and sending heaps of love and happiness from Ireland and have a fantastic Thursday XXXXX <3
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+Desert Plants of Avalon Thank you!!! I always have dirt all over my clothes and occasionally on my face (which I don't see until we start editing...) haha! Oh well!
Artsy Animal Lover (2 years ago)
What ever happened to your lovely bees?🐝🐝
Artsy Animal Lover (2 years ago)
+Garden Answer aww! I am sorry to hear that. I hope you have good luck with your next hive!
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+Artsy Animal Lover The whole colony absconded. :( I learned that having them do that is fairly common, but I was bummed! I am going to try again next year (we are moving right now, so I skipped doing it this year unless I can get a colony from someone later)!
intellijente (2 years ago)
What good timing! I have been plotting some areas of my yard that I want to turn into flower beds and seeing this in action makes it seem like an easier task than I was anticipating.
Ana Sanchez (2 years ago)
anxious to see what's next💖
Jake Abney (2 years ago)
I wish I could show you my fairy garden. I went to Home Depot a couple of days ago to get some plants, I might have gotten a little carried away. I honestly have no idea of what I got. All I know is that they all needed full sun and about the same amount of water. I used some Japanese house that I got from a bonsai planter. I used sand and stones as a pathway to the house. Therefor I outlined the path with white shells as well as some crushed glass and a mixture of small pebbles to cover the empty spaces. In addition, I added two tall plants in the back of he pot- on with a tall stalk and maroon/red flowers and the other like tall stringy grass with purple flowers at the top. Then I added just a little bit of succulent ground cover. Furthermore, I joined some scattered shells and white droopy flowers that hang over the side of he pot. Overall I think that I did a wonderful job at making my very first fairy garden.
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+Jake Abney Sounds gorgeous!!! I wish I could see a picture of it!
Jake Abney (2 years ago)
+Joe Eckroth thank you
Joe Eckroth (2 years ago)
That sounds beautiful
Jake Abney (2 years ago)
My favorite addition to the pot was some weird, colorful, stock like flower that is very common in Georgia, but I could not find the name for it.
Rosemary Duran (2 years ago)
would you do the same if you have weeds and crab grass in the area you are working on?
Garden Answer (2 years ago)
+Rosemary Duran Yep, I would just pull all those up along with the grass!
Kathy Smith (2 years ago)
Can't wait to see what you do with this space!!!

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