Re: Killing grass

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Posted by Newt on July 24, 2003 at 16:08:49:

In Reply to: Killing grass posted by Dawn on July 24, 2003 at 10:25:18:

: The deck I added to my house is surrounded by a yard filled with grass. I have plans for gardens throughout the yard. After digging up some grass in the front of the house to redo the landscaping I realized I had neither the time nor the desire to repeat the process in a huge backyard. I was thinking of putting down landscape fabric and four to five inches of mulch in the hopes of killing off the grass this year. In the spring I'd just dig through where I wanted plants to be. Will this work or (gads, I hate even typing this) do I really need to remove the grass?

Hi Dawn,

If you don't remove the grass, there will grass in your flower beds in just a short time. Also, the roots of the grass will crowd your plants as most lawn grass tend to creep and have massive roots. You could rent a sod stripper to remove the grass and compost it for next year. If the beds will be small, in the fall put down several layers of the black printed pages of newspaper at least 6 pages thick. Moisten the paper as you go or you'll be chasing it all over the yard at the first breeze. Been there and entertained the neighbors chasing paper! Now put down the shredded mulch and let sit over the winter. You should have dead grass and decomposed paper and mulch that you can plant through in the spring. If you use the landscape fabric, you will need to either remove it when you go to plant or you will have to cut through it. It's not easy to cut through and can be a real mess later on when you want to change plants around or divide plants.

Good luck,

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