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removing lawn

Posted by kristie_2007 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 12:49

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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RE: removing lawn

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 15:30

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.

RE: removing lawn

What a good idea. Thank you

RE: removing lawn

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?

RE: removing lawn

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

RE: removing lawn

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 9, 13 at 20:40

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.

RE: removing lawn

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.


RE: removing lawn

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.


RE: removing lawn

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.

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