Using a Turf Cutter to strip off the surface of an old lawn
With spring around the corner, your thoughts will be moving towards your garden and in particlar your lawn. If you have less than 20% actual turf grasses in your lawn, then you may need to strip off the old lawn's surface and start again. Stripping a lawn is hard work and the best option is to hire or borrow a turf cutter to perform the job with ease.
There are many Turf Cutters or Turf Strippers on the market and available from the local plant hire shop. The model showed in the picture is a professional model made by Groundsman Industries based in Ireland. They have some newer models available now but the existing machine will quickly strip an old lawn ahead of importing new soil and/or rotovating. View their models here.
It is always important to make sure that you choose a cutting depth that is removing any thatch layer just underneath the old lawns's surface. Mowing the lawn beforehand will reduce the volume of material requiring rolling and lifting. After a little practice you can strip around 500 square metres an hour. A typical 200 square metre lawn will leave around 6 metric cubic tonnes of debris that will need to be disposed off via Hippo Bags or a Grab Lorry or Skip.
It is important that the operator is capable of moving in straight lines otherwise you will have a lot of thin missed strips to lift by hand! Cut the strips of turf in one metre or less lengths, roll up and dispose of. A bit like turfing in reverse. Always cut some headlands around the edges of the lawn first so that you do not end up working in the flower border.
Should you have a requirement for top soil or turf, take a look here