James Freyr wrote:Do you have a compost pile going? Making compost tea is a great way to improve soil fertility!
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Scott,
Why do you want to remove the sod for perennial planting?
What I would do would be to cut the sod, turn it over so the roots are up, spread a layer of compost and then plant into that root rich, bioactive, overturned sod.
You most likely have a good bacterial soil medium already and wasting that resource would be a shame.
Adding a layer of compost just under the soon to decompose grass plants is a great way to get hyphae growing in that soil to work in unison with the bacteria.
Once you are all planted, use the compost tea to water in your new plants, that will supercharge the system you just set into motion.
Byron Bacon wrote:I have the same thing going on in my front yard, and I thought about posting an ad on Craigslist- free stuff for someone to come pull up the sod and they can have it. Landscapers do this, and it is generally gone same day.
I never thought about flipping the sod over, removing the plastic netting and letting it compost in place. I imagine that newspaper would have to go over it to keep grass from growing through, and to keep the C:N levels right.
Local arborists will generally deliver a load of wood chips for free if you call them. Also, mushroom farms are a great place to get quality compost-like soil for free if you're in a shortage of your own compost.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:If you have rhizome grass you do not want to put anything on top of the soil until the sun has had enough time to kill the rhizomes, just plant directly into the soil of the overturned grass. Once your plants are up about 3-5 inches tall it should be safe to start adding mulch cover.