Furthermore, how do you take up turf?
Cut the sod into parallel strips 1 foot wide using an edger or sharp spade. These strips can then be cut into 1- to 2-foot lengths, depending on the density of the turf and the thickness of the pieces. Next, pry up one end of a piece of sod and slide the spade or fork under it.
Just so, is it hard to use a sod cutter?
If you plan to remove a large area of sod, a motorized sod cutter is the best machine for the job. However, it's very powerful and can be difficult to maneuver because it really shakes. You can rent one for approximately $50 an hour, but it may be better to contract with a landscaping company to remove the sod for you.
Normally you want to ensure the blade angle is set to flat and the depth is roughly 20mm deep.