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Sidewalk Renovation

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I have a 300 sqft - 100' x 3' space between the sidewalk and the curb. The sidewalk was installed a few years ago. The installation and the ground level are not equal heights along the length of the sidewalk. In order to better explain, at one end you could slide several fingers under the sidewalk. On the other end, the soil level is higher than the top of the sidewalk. The area has patchy Bermuda grass coverage, of an unknown cultivar, from when I installed a sprinkler system this summer.

My plan is to kill all the Bermuda variant in that area with multiple applications of glyphosate, add in additional topsoil, sand, and maybe some compost, till it all together, and then level it out.

I am torn between planting sod, sprigging, or planting plugs.

I can get a pallet of 500sqft of TifTuf sod, locally, for about $200 and would need to lay the sod myself.

If I plant plugs, I will need to purchase a plugger tool, then plant between 300 plugs or 1200 plugs depending on whether I plan on 12" or 6" centers, respectively. This would cost me $50 + time.

If I sprig, I am a bit concerned about erosion considering there is a slope on my front yard, which leads to water run-off that has/would washed dirt off this sidewalk strip and into the street. For sprigs, I'd have to go to a different sod farm that is a six hour round trip drive.

I also have to raise the height of some of all of my sprinkler heads to account for settling and raising the ground height, which will be done prior to planting, no matter the method selected.

Considering I will be planting, I will avoid pre-emergent application on that area in the spring.

I am considering temporarily installing staked in flower bed edging along the sidewalk to discourage soil run off during establishment.

Are there any considerations I am overlooking?
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wardconnor said:
The one thing I can not recommend enough in whatever of the 3 routes you decide to take is taking A LOT of time to level the sub soil. Use a screed tool like a 2x4 or a drag mat/device to meticulously smooth out the sub grade. Leveling after the turf is established can be done but at this point in time it is a lot easier to do. It is likely that sand will be in your future even after the project depending on your level of craziness but why not just do it now. In the end when its all water under the bridge your be glad that you spent the extra time and or money to do it to your perfection.
Absolutely concur. I know I'll need to bring in sand to level areas in my back and side yard. I plan to get enough to incorporate sand into the soil, and hopefully will have enough set aside to top dress and level throughout the growing season for the sidewalk area.
raldridge2315 said:
You may want to consider doing the soil renovation and leveling this fall. Then in the spring, it will have had time to settle.You can then spend time in the spring re-leveling leveling before plant, but it will be a lot less work then. There will be the settling issue that will happen no matter how well you prepare, but it won't be near as bad after the grass is established. You might toss out a couple of bales of wheat straw to help cut down on the wash issue.
My concern with doing that is two fold. I am worried that I'll have bad erosion if I go that route, unless I put down rye grass. Also, I'll still need to kill off all the existing Bermuda so I don't end up with two different cultivars mixed. I am unsure if I have enough non dormant time left this season to do a complete kill.
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J_nick said:
Being such a small space I would sod it. You wouldn't even need a full pallet so it would be less than $200. Unless you need the extra to fill in some spots from your spriging.
The only challenge with the sod is needing to borrow a trailer to carry the weight and having to wait on the sod farm being willing to harvest next season. They treated tiftuf like gold this year. Nonetheless, significantly leaning the direction of sod.
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