I'm planning on making my garden bigger. But I need to take some sod up. Without renting a sod cutter, what are the easiest ways to take up sod. I don't mind hard work, but I've got so much going on that I can't spend alot of time out there like I have done. I have tilled my garden for several hrs. My mother-in-law visited one year and I spent about 5 1/2 hrs tilling. My garden was really small too. like 10x16 then. But i couldn't stand to be inside that house. I think when the police stopped by at 10:30 pm and told me that someone complained about the noise I figured the garden was ready to be planted. But anyway, back to the sod. I have a rear tine tiller and I found out the hard way that you can't till fresh yard.