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Where can I dispose removed sod or better can I compost it?

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Where can I dispose removed sod or better can I compost it?

Hi guys

I have and area like 25'x50' where I want to remove the lawn and seed grass.
What is the best way to deal with the soil+grass aka sod that will be removed?
Can I dispose it somewhere in the city ?
Can I compost it ?

The corresponding volume seems to be around 250 cft (8cbm =2mx2mx2m) (25x50x0.208) if I go to full depth with this guy
https://www.homedepot.ca/content/homede ... utter.html
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I took apart a section of 25'x30' last summer to put in patio stones.

Simple way to dispose of the sod, put them in the recyclable paper bags. Top off with grass clippings.

We could dispose 4 bags per week at maximum.

It takes forever to compost. Especially for such a large section.

The soil I reused for leveling and some was thrown into my garden.

The other option, you still need to bag and you need to ship to the place that takes in yard waste in your region. You may need to pay a fee depending on how much you are disposing. They will check. A pickup is advised as you will have lots to dump. If you put the sod in black garbage bags they may not even take it. Check with your region.
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Sellonkijiji wrote: Simple way to dispose of the sod, put them in the recyclable paper bags. Top off with grass clippings.
aka break waste collection rules
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My local garbage dump takes sod and soil for free. An area that size cutting it at 2.5" thick will be very heavy. Rent a dump trailer from HD or get a small disposal bin dropped off
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I just had like an Everyka moment. I am planning to have a sort of nursery area that consists in an area with cement slabs and big planters just along the side of my garage.
I am going to need soil for all those large planters I am wondering if this will smell especially if I turn the sod with the upside down, I add some black soil and then put the plants there.
I can eventually make something like this
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CuriousC wrote: I just had like an Everyka moment. I am planning to have a sort of nursery area that consists in an area with cement slabs and big planters just along the side of my garage.
I am going to need soil for all those large planters I am wondering if this will smell especially if I turn the sod with the upside down, I add some black soil and then put the plants there.
I can eventually make something like this
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Yup I did that too.
Had a few raised garden beds built at same time I dug out a few areas for patio stones

Flip that sod upside down into the bottom of the raised garden and topped off with bagged soil and voila! Free infill at the bottom half of my raised garden that also broke down the sod during the summer
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BoredAtWork wrote: Yup I did that too.
Had a few raised garden beds built at same time I dug out a few areas for patio stones

Flip that sod upside down into the bottom of the raised garden and topped off with bagged soil and voila! Free infill at the bottom half of my raised garden that also broke down the sod during the summer
Any bad smell coming out of that during the warmer days?
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CuriousC wrote: Any bad smell coming out of that during the warmer days?
No smell cause it’s just sod decomposing.
It’s not like a normal food compost bin where it would smell.

In fact the stuff I grew there during that summer gave me quicker harvest than the boxes I didn’t use the sod to infill, might be a coincidence but point is no smell and I saved some money, labour and bags
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BoredAtWork wrote: No smell cause it’s just sod decomposing.
It’s not like a normal food compost bin where it would smell.

In fact the stuff I grew there during that summer gave me quicker harvest than the boxes I didn’t use the sod to infill, might be a coincidence but point is no smell and I saved some money, labour and bags
I was told that that type of compost or whatever it is named is one of the best!
Usually if you compost grass clippings only that smells bad... in this case it will be grass and soil ~ 2.5" layers
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JWL wrote: If you get a sod cutter so the sod is usable, put it on your curb with a FREE sign and it will disappear!
I doubt someone will get that ugly lawn that I am trying to rebuild this way
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Place an add on the freecycleto forum on freecycle.org and offer you clean fill that can be used to fill a hole or depression in the ground.

It's amazing the stuff I have given away on both those forums that someone wanted and would otherwise have ended up in garbage or cost me money to haul to the dump. The less garbage we all create the better it is for the world.

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