Keeping Critters from Turning Over Freshly Laid Sod

Laying sod is an exciting project that transforms your yard into a lush and vibrant space. However, nothing can be more frustrating than waking up to find your freshly laid sod upturned by mischievous critters. In this blog post, we’ll address your concerns and provide effective techniques and tools to help you keep critters from turning over your precious sod.


Which critters are most likely to turn over sod?

Among the culprits that may disrupt your newly laid sod, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and even birds are the primary suspects. These critters have their own motives for digging up the sod, such as searching for food, nesting, shelter, or simply exhibiting their natural instincts.


Why do critters turn over sod?

Critters have various reasons for targeting your freshly laid sod. Raccoons and skunks, being opportunistic feeders, are attracted to the insects, grubs, and worms that reside beneath the soil. They’ll dig up the sod to access this hidden food source. Skunks may also view the loose sod as a potential nesting or sheltering site. Squirrels, although less common, may dig up the sod while foraging or burying their food caches. Birds, on the other hand, may peck at the sod in search of insects, seeds, or grubs.


Techniques and tools to reduce the likelihood of critters turning over your sod:

Fortunately, there are effective measures you can take to protect your investment and keep critters at bay. Here are some techniques and tools to consider:

1. Create a physical barrier: Install a temporary fence or wire mesh around the sodded area, burying it several inches into the ground. This will deter critters from accessing and digging up the sod.


2. Remove attractants: Eliminate potential food sources by keeping pet food indoors, securing trash cans with tight-fitting lids, and removing bird feeders. This reduces the likelihood of critters being drawn to your yard in the first place.


3. Utilize motion-activated devices: Motion-activated sprinklers, lights, or sound devices can startle critters when they approach the sod. The sudden activation will discourage them from entering the area.


4. Apply natural deterrents: Sprinkle cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or vinegar around the perimeter of the sod. These strong odors are unpleasant to critters and may deter them from digging or turning over the sod.


5. Maintain a clean yard: Regularly mow your lawn, trim shrubs, and remove debris, woodpiles, or brush that could provide shelter for critters. By eliminating potential hiding spots, you discourage critters from approaching your sod.


6. Consider motion-activated cameras: Install motion-activated cameras to capture evidence of critter activity. This can help you identify patterns and adjust your prevention strategies accordingly.


Don’t let critters ruin the beauty and investment of your freshly laid sod. By understanding the reasons behind their behavior and implementing effective techniques, you can successfully deter raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and birds from turning over your precious sod. Remember to secure the area, remove attractants, use motion-activated devices, apply natural deterrents, maintain a clean yard, and consider motion-activated cameras. By taking these proactive steps, you’ll enjoy a stunning lawn while keeping critters at bay.

Bonnie Visentin – Sales Representative

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