A powered sod cutter can speed up the preparation of a planting bed. The type of garden you have planned will determine what steps follow the sod’s removal. A vegetable garden would benefit from an application of aged compost. A native seed mix might require little more than a light raking of the newly exposed soil. In any case, the sod rolls can be composted or used to grown lawn elsewhere. The Home Depot rents the Bluebird brand sod cutter.