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Cut it Up!

Cut sod into strips if composting. Sod cutters can be rented from hardware stores to help cut and lift sod from the soil. 

Ways to Reduce

Use Sod as Compost For Your Garden

Add small pieces of sod directly into your backyard compost bin or stack larger sheets of sod directly on top of one another, wetting each sod layer, and covering the pile with a tarp. Within months, the sod will decompose into compost that can be used to provide nutrients for your garden.

Ways to Reuse

Use Sod as Compost For Your Garden

Add small pieces of sod directly into your backyard compost bin or stack larger sheets of sod directly on top of one another, wetting each sod layer, and covering the pile with a tarp. Within months, the sod will decompose into compost that can be used to provide nutrients for your garden.

Create a Garden Bed Foundation 

Use your sod to build a garden or flower bed. Turn a sheet of sod upside down so the roots are face-up, cover it with several inches of soil, and plant vegetables or flowers directly into the sod. As the sod decomposes, it will make for a nutrient-rich soil for your new plants.

Donate or Sell Your Sod

Healthy sod can be put to good use in another lawn. If donating or selling your sod, make sure to cut it only once you have found it a new owner, as it can dry out quickly. 

Did You Know?

American Settlers Built Homes from Sod

American settlers arriving to the prairies of the new frontier found themselves surrounded with tall grasses, but with no trees or stone with which to construct their houses. Did you know that settlers would construct their houses of sod?

Learn more about these sod houses, or “soddies,” in this video.