Dense sod can compete with new plantings. In moist climates cutting away sod for new plantings can lead to planting in low spots that collect moisture around new root crowns. A thoughtful method for creating planting sites in sod is useful.
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Sod Pit Planting[edit | edit source]
Here is an approach that involves four steps
- Scalp sod in a circle using a sharp Japanese hoe (30 seconds).
- Loosen the circle of soil with the same hoe. (30 seconds).
- Adjacent to the circle scalp a strip and dig a pit (creating a keyhole of bare soil) piling the soil from the pit into the center of the planting circle. (30 seconds).
- Stuff the sod in the pit with organic wastes or urine. (15 seconds + urination time).
The result is an easy to plant mound of sod free soil raised above the surrounding terrain adjacent to a pit of organic material. Water running off the mound will soak in at the soil/pasture seam, with surplus going into your sod pit. You can mulch with pasture cuttings, but your investment of a couple minutes of work has bought you a year of two of competition free establishment at a favorable elevation to the surrounding terrain while avoiding movement of materials, and chunks of sod laying around to interfere with future meadow harvest.
--Paul Cereghino 15:07, 7 July 2007 (EDT)
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