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#1 of 8 Old 04-27-2004, 02:10 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Do I have to dig it out like sod? I hope not, b/c it's deviously imbedded all around. Can I selectively spray/drip vinegar? Dare I try round-up? The grass is SUCH a problem that I'm desperate.
(I seeded the lawn above the garden and then it rained. )

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How old is the grass? If it is new you can just take a scuffle hoe to it. The older grass....we had to dig it out like sod. Lucky for us, we had some bare patches in the lawn that just happened to need sod Or you can try laying something over the grass... like newspaper, mulch, that black weed mat stuff, or even a plank of wood. We put the kid's sand box on a spot where we wanted to kill the grass once :LOL
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I'm wondering if I could smother it w/mulch. How long do you think before it's "dead?"

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The mulch would have to be at least 18-24 inches deep. You would be better off using black plastic then covering it with mulch for a bit.

My preferred method is to dig it up.
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If you can lay newspaper (no colored ink), cardboard, or craft paper over the grass, then cover that with 4-8" of mulch, then keep it reasonably wet for several months, you will usually kill and decompose most or all of the grass. Works best when started in the fall. We just did this and it didn't kill all the weeds but it got the grass.
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well..... we used much less than 1 1/2 to 2 feet of mulch! More like enough to cover the tops of the mown lawn (maybe 6 inches). Anyhow, no grass in the flower beds this year It's really pretty easy to kill grass :LOL
Weeds, OTOH are harder to deal with. I think the kid's sand box was over the patch we wanted to kill for about a month, ahhh but that could have been there so long because we got lazy and there was no rush to move it. When we dont want to kill the grass, we have to move the box/pool/whatever big toy every week.

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We have lawn on our side yard that I wanted to kill so I can plant flowers etc. Dh first mowed it, and then he cut it as short as he possibly could with a weedwacker. This did a good job of making the lawn very very "bald" and dead looking. Next I think we'll cover it with cardboard and if that doesn't kill it then we'll keep the cardboard there and cover it up with topsoil and do our planting on that. Think that'll work? I tried, I tried, I tried digging it up but it's too hard!!
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Grrrrrr...it IS hard to dig! I likely will end up using the mulch/paper method this fall. I ran out of time (digging takes forever ) and poured vinegar on the bigger patches minutes before leaving for the airport.

Getting home tomorrow-if the vinegar is a smashing success, I'll let you know.
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