I need to regrade my backyard. Currently I have a good green layer of grass and other small unwanted :-) plants covering my backyard. The previous owner dug a patio and I suspect that they spread the soil around the house. The soil under the grass is not level and the grading of the lot was ruined.
I intend to fix the above by removing the sod, leveling the soil, grading the backyard and putting the sod back.
My question is: do I need to do anything special when I use a sod cutter on this unevenly leveled soil? All the above are going to be during the same day (a weekend probably).
Also a related question: is the beginning of June a good time for this? Here in Toronto we had a quite cold and dry May, and it rained quite a lot 6 days ago.
Edit: I think that I have two options: a) remove the sod, grade the soil and put the sod back AND b) use a rototiller (rent it from HomeDepot) and turn the old sod over
I would like to go with b) because: -the existing sod is poor quality -there is less work involved to remove and put back -I understand that using a rototiller will also help me to aerate the soil, make it easier to be graded
To get my lawn back I can either buy sod or seed and wait for the grass to grow back. This should be easy with the wet summer that we are in for here in To.
Any pros and cons ?
Edit2: here is a picture, the two sheds are not there anymore, that spot has no sod now