removing lawn

kristie_2007August 8, 2013

I am removing my lawn but I am not sure what to do with the top soil I have cut out. It has some crabgrass in it and my friends tell me to haul it off. I feel guilty throwing away organic material especially the soil.

I have an acre to spread it around but my friends tell me then I will be fighting crabgrass all over the property. Any thoughts.

Thank you

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I took mine and piled it behind a hedge. After a few years it was soil amendment. If you have the space but no convenient hedge, you can pile it up, put a tarp over it, leave it for a year, and you will end up with some really prime soil.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 3:30PM
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What a good idea. Thank you

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 4:01PM
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In looking around to decide where to stack the top soil one possibility I found was an area that is shaded. Does it need the sun most of the day to break down?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:36PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I have my doubts about killing crabgrass, even with a hot compost pile. If you want it to break down in a years time you will need to maintain some moisture in the pile. I keep mine covered with black 4 mil plastic to keep it from drying out too fast. Being in the shade is not a problem. Al

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 11:14AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

How much topsoil did you remove? I am going to guess that there is still plenty of crabgrass and other weed seed lying around the area regardless.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 8:40PM
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napapen(ca 15)

I took my lawn out several years ago and I congratulate you for doing so. I laid my sod upside down to keep it from growing. Built beds over the sod and never had any come up.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 12:56PM
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Thank you everyone for your ideas. I took the advise of Al and piled it up and keeping some moisture on it. I was thinking if adding worms would help the break down process under the black plastic over the next year.


    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 4:45PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Worms are already in there, and they will multiply if kept somewhat moist.

Adding a thick layer of wood chips on top of the sod wouldn't hurt either.

Bottom line is, as long as you deny the grass of light it is going to die a horrible death. I can hear it screaming now.

Well done.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 4:23AM
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