How Do I Dispose Of Sod: Tips On What To Do With Removed Sod

Rolled sod for new lawn, before hang-up
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By Liz Baessler

When you’re landscaping, you do a lot of digging and moving. Whether you take out sod to make way for a path or garden, or to start a new lawn from scratch, one question remains: what to do with dug up grass once you’ve got it. There are a few good options, none of which involve simply throwing it away. Keep reading to learn more about what to do with removed sod.

How Do I Dispose of Sod?

Don’t dispose of it; put it to use instead. The easiest thing to do with freshly dug sod is to reuse it. If it’s in good condition and you have another area that’s in need of grass, you can just relocate it. It’s important to move quickly, though, preferably within 36 hours, and keep the sod moist and in the shade while it’s out of the ground.


Clear the new location of vegetation, mix some compost into the topsoil, and wet it thoroughly. Lay the sod, roots down, and water again.

If you don’t need new sod anywhere, you can use it as a good base for garden beds. In the spot you want your garden to be, lay the sod grass down and cover it with several inches of good soil. You can plant your garden directly into the soil – over time the sod underneath will break down and supply your garden with nutrients.

Create a Composting Sod Pile

Another popular and very useful way to dispose of sod is to make a composting sod pile. In an out of the way part of your yard, lay down a piece of sod grass. Stack more pieces of sod on top of it, all face down. Wet each piece thoroughly before adding the next.

If your sod is of poor quality and full of thatch, sprinkle some nitrogen rich fertilizer or cotton seed meal between the layers. You can stack the layers as high as six feet.

Once your composting sod pile is as high as it’s going to be, cover the whole thing in thick black plastic. Weight the edges down against the ground with stones or cinder blocks. You don’t want any light to get in. Let your composting sod pile sit until the following spring and uncover it. Inside, you should find rich compost ready for use.

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