lindaruzicka(Z6 PA)March 25, 2008

I don't know if this is the right forum for this question, but if it isn't, I'm sure someone will direct me to the proper one.

Amyways, I would like to know what is the best way to remove grass and prepare a 17' by 36' area for gardening? Do I till the grass under? Rip it out? Stomp on it?...I've had gardens before but I've never had to deal with such a big grassy area. The smaller areas I have I can just dig up and put down new soil but I'm not quite sure what kind of tool to use for this bugger. Thanks!


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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I'm sure you will likely get responses listing a variety of ways...some maybe better for you than others.

That is a pretty good sized bed. If it was me, I would mark it off with stakes and string. I would then use a total kill Round-up (or its generic Glysophate available a lot cheaper at Farm Supply stores). I would give that maybe 1 1/2 --2 weeks to work its magic. I would then repeat the spaying on any sign of green left, and give it another 1-2 weeks. By then It should be pretty well killed off, and then I would till, and amend with whatever is handy...well rotted manure, peat moss, compost, maybe some sand just depending upon your soil. Mine is clay here.

I would then plant, Preen (or it's generic) water that in, and mulch well....maybe putting layers of newspaper under the mulch. That should be a well prepped fairly maintenance free (of weeds and grasses) for a good long time.



    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 12:44PM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

If you can get ahold of enough cardboard, you could use the "instant bed" method.

Here is a link that might be useful: Instant beds

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 2:58PM
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lindaruzicka(Z6 PA)

hmm...I read the link on instant beds and I have ALOT of access to cardboard...I may have to consider that. Also I discovered that my neighbors (we just moved here last April) have been dumping all their leaves and grass clippings in piles in the woods behind my house. I poked around in them and the soil looks great..guess I'll be tending to some compost piles too!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 3:57PM
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agirlsgirl(7 North Carolina)

Good one Susan! I was going to link her to that one myself! :) I am giving that one a go myself this year,I am also trying Lasgana gardens,I figure if it is working for so many,it must be a good thing!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 4:08PM
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