place sod on one side of trench
gently removing sod with landscaping shovel
backfill the trench and replace the sod
Hand-Trench the Area If Necessary
Start by gently removing the sod with a landscaping shovel (Image 1). Place all of the sod on one side of the trench (Image 2). Dig out the trench to a depth of about 8". Place the dirt on the opposite side of the trench. Using a trenching or clean-out shovel, remove all of the dirt so there is a flat bed on the bottom of the trench. Cut the poly pipe to length and place down flat on the bottom of the trench bed. Using a clean-out shovel, backfill the trench and replace the sod (Image 3).