till only the spots or whole bed?

chueh(7B)June 16, 2008

I will plant shrubs and small trees in several beds around our front yard where the lawn is. The lot is not flat at all, and the lowest part is in the center. Since the beds are around the lot; they will be higher than the lawn. I am just concerned that if I till the entire bed and then it rains, all the red clay dirt will run into the center of the lawn. The lawn will then be stained with red clay color. Should I just till only the spots where the shrubs and trees will be planted? I am not sure even if it's worth to have the concern. What should I do then? Thanks

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Why would you till? That only exposes weed seeds....just cover the grass with 8 to 10 sheets (layers) of newspaper and mulch.
Just dig a hole, plant your shrubs, cover the rest with newspaper and mulch with fine wood or bark chips and the worms and soil organisms will do the rest.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 10:16AM
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Sounds all the better now. Well, I was thinking that tilling the entire beds would be better for the plants, since their roots would spread and would get nutrients from tilled and amended soil. However, if I don't need to till, it's all good for me. less work :-) Thanks, Linda

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 12:49PM
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