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Old 08-06-2015, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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amazing and other photos in comments are interesting too.

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Old 08-07-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We see that exact same picture, but without the lawn every time we go for a hike in the woods. In a wet climate like ours, the roots do not go deep, they stay close to the surface, and a strong wind pushes them over.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:43 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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Wow, wild pics. Thanks for sharing to the both of you.
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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no kudzu,
Do you think that is sod? It looks like it, I've never seen a lawn like that, it came up like a carpet,
so I think it might have been sod.
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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yes looks like sod to me. I've seen them cut if from sod farms and a big machine cuts it in strips to be sent to each job or retailers. But wondering if a healthy lawn might come up the same way. Somehow I doubt it.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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why sod blows
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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well---how often is this really going to happen? Rarely. Sod looks so much better than the scrappy, patchy look of a seeded lawn.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: NC
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It looks almost as if there was an impenetrable surface over which perhaps a foot of topsoil was placed, then sod. Clearly the sod is not recent because the strips have 'stitched' together. Was the tree planted on top of this impenetrable surface as well? Difficult to say, but maybe not. Anyhow, this situation could only occur if the grass and tree were getting plenty of water and artificial fertilizer.

The big tree in the later post may have also been growing over a very hard substrate, maybe a couple of feet down. In the west there is this caliche layer which sometimes cannot be penetrated even by tree roots.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:30 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Sod pulled up in that size is grown with a plastic mesh netting on the ground to hold it together, so when the roots penetrate it, the whole thing can be rolled up like carpet.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I can totally believe that. We had a lot of rain here last week. I was out walking the puppies in our new lawn, which is St. Augustine sod planted last October. I could actually feel that the sod was floating on the accumulated standing water...it was like walking on a waterbed.
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