Sod cutters are popular garden tools, that are used nowadays, to clear a garden of weeds and unwanted vegetation. There are different types of garden sod cutters, but they all essentially cut grass at the roots so you can remove entire sections of sod and expose the bare ground beneath. The type of cutter you choose to use depends on the job you want to accomplish. Your options range from very basic tools to motorized cutters. Using a garden sod cutter is simple, if you know how to use a shovel. Though their structures are different, their method of operation is the same. Just press the cutter into the sod, in such a way, that you can scoop up the whole sod. Then, step in with your foot and force it deeper into the sod. The angled back of the cutter will keep you from getting too deep into the soil. As you press down with your foot, the roots will start loosening and will be cut by the serrated edges. Then scoop up the sod. If you intend to lay that sod elsewhere in the garden, keep the grass side at the top and handle it with care.
Garden gas-powered sod cutters are also available, that look similar to tillers. They can be used to clear large tracts of land. They are noisy and a bit rough to handle, but they do the job. As they roll away, they cut the sod into rectangular pieces. These pieces can then be rolled and taken away. Look at the extent of the gardening job and decide which type you would like to use.