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.
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.
It is best to turn the sod over, dirt side up, on your driveway to dry out overnight to make the sifting simpler.
I recycled about 12 bags of soil…$36.00 of soil in about 1 hour.
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!