Killing grass for a new garden

ddk_idahoSeptember 3, 2009

After a sucessful small garden this year, we have decided to make a much bigger one next season. The area we will be using is currently grass with weeds. I was thinking of using a grass killer this fall to kill the grass and weeds and then till the whole area before the snow flies followed up with tilling in the spring. It is a pretty large area. Will this work? I want to minimize the weeds as much as possible.

BTW the soil is very rich topsoil.


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davidandkasie(Z8 MS)

yes, it will work to eliminate the existing grass. the only problem is tha tevery time you till you bring fressh seeds up close to the surface. i usually till my garden, then a week or two later spray it with roundup, then plant a few days after that. takes care of the majority of the weeds, but you still need to mulch and pull!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2009 at 11:23PM
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google or search gardenweb for "stale bed";

you till up the area & let it sit & get "stale", allowing time for weed seeds to sprout.

Then you till it again!

much cheaper & no more difficult than tilling & then applyng a chemical-
& wouldn't you have to till again anyway?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2009 at 6:47PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Or...bury it. Cover the area with cardboard or ten plus layers of newspaper and then 6-10 (or more) inches of any organic material you can find. Leaves, debris from this year's garden, coffee grounds, kitchen scraps, whatever. Maybe sprinkle some soil on it to hold things down, perhaps a spray of water now and then while the hose is out. Let this sit over winter and plant right through it next spring. Or... try a number of methods and see which gives you the best result.


    Bookmark   September 25, 2009 at 7:45PM
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Cover the area with black plastic or old tarp. The heat from the sun will germinate the weed and grass seeds they'll die not being able to grow out of the plastic. ( At least part of them) works for the first couple inches of soil.
Tilling and recovering with plastic will help take care of the deeper seeds. till and recover a couple times the better.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 3:09AM
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