Gardening hacks – Sift the soil from your sod

This is a guest post from Billy the Gardener – patent pending on the sod sifter prototype.

They used to say that something was dirt cheap…not true anymore…dirt, at a good price, costs about $3.00 per bag.

I was preparing a new garden bed 18 inches by 18 feet. I hated to think of throwing away topsoil attached to the sod I had to remove…
especially since I would have to by more bagged soil to replace it.

Enter gardening hacks extraordinaire – a seive to sift the excess soil from your sod.

This soil seive sifts sod to save soil…kind of like Peter Piper picking peppers? And a quick top tip, to top up with some tip top product (This Peter Piper thing has to stop…) is to use something like https://agron.io/products/vermicrop-organics-vermifire-premium-soil to bolster your sifted sod soil, and add some much needed nutrients back into the mix.

I cut 2 x 4 and 1 x 2 to lengths of wood which matched a conveniently sized supporting box…here, a recycling container…handy because it is strong, it drains, and has built in handles.
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Some left over green plastic mesh fence material with about 1 inch pattern was perfect for this sod sifting grid. I previously made a seive with 1/2 inch chicken wire metal mesh, but that is for very fine jobs and would clog instantly with this sod job.
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It is best to turn the sod over, dirt side up, on your driveway to dry out overnight to make the sifting simpler.

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I recycled about 12 bags of soil…$36.00 of soil in about 1 hour.

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Thank you so much for the gardening hacks and the idea!

I’m going to post this under MOM STUFF > HEALTH/FITNESS tab because this looks like a workout as well!

Have a great one!

 

 

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2018-06-18T13:42:07-04:00July 5th, 2015|BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

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