Abstract: Remove old sod before starting golf renovation projects. Sod clumps mixed with loose soil creates difficult shaping. Pulverize or strip the sod.
Remove sod before starting golf course renovation projects. Sod clumps make soil unworkable. In time, decomposing sod will create settled pockets in golf course features.
I’m a sod stripper. I use a sod cutter to remove all sod within the work limits. I use multiple sod cutters on large fairway expansion areas. After cutting the sod, I use a bulldozer and excavator to load out the debris. Many superintendents add the sod to compost piles. Off-site recycling centers accept old sod.
Others pulverize sod with machines with spinning blades. It’s faster, but it still leaves thatch and rhizomes in the soil. I’m sure a few noxious seeds get stirred up in the process. The pulverized sod and soil mixture is not as easy to work as stripped sod. Fine grading becomes more difficult, too.