When is the best time to lay landscapers material to kill grass? I want to have good soil underneath those areas for

later planting ground cover, flower beds, vegetable etc.
  5 answers
  • Terri, landscaper cloth will hold back weeds and help prevent them from coming back up. However If your thinking on using this to kill off the grass or weeds as soon as its removed the vegetation that has gone to seed will begin to sprout once again. So you will really not accomplish much in the long run. If your looking to plant a garden simply remove the grass area with a sod cutter or shovel and find a low spot to place that in. Then purchase good quality garden soil and till it into the ground to break up any hard pack under the original top soil.Fertilize and create your rows as needed. Then place your cloth back down again over that, cutting through were you want to plant your garden. They do make vegetation killers that will kill off the grass and weeds and after a few weeks allow you to replant in that area with no harm to the new plantings. But for a vegetable garden I would simply remove the sod put new soil down and work from there.
  • Terri J Terri J on May 26, 2012
    Thank you for such a useful answer. I wanted to use this mostly where my nieghobor esxtended her fence line out to the poing that I cant get beck in their to properyl mow. My electric meter is back there, wich is why I need to leave a tiny path for them to get to it. Houling in topsoil/gardern sol around here is hard to get qualtiy dirt that doesn't have a bunch of stomes in it. I buy bags of topsoil when they are on sale, trying to slolwly fitt in and level off parts of the yard. Then plant there. Knowing know that I can use grass killer though, and it will make it easier for where I want my veggie garden next year, I will use that. Thank you again for all the detailed information....If you were here, I would just hire you to do everything for me!!!
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 26, 2012
    Terri, if you are six months or so away from establishing a new garden bed, you could also try sheet composting, in which area is mowed short, then covered with a thick layer of newspaper or a layer of cardboard, with organic material placed on top of that. It's an ideal method to start in the fall for an area you want to plant the following spring. You'll find tips on that as well as other methods of bed preparation in this article from the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/NewGardenBeds.htm
  • Terri J Terri J on May 26, 2012
    Thank you so much Douglas. I will definitely read the article. Laughing at all my typing and spelling errors b/c I never wear my glasses when I hop on here. Hipe you have a great Memorial Day Weekend - oh, I found more heucharas and hellabores (spelling????) too!
  • Rebecca D Rebecca D on May 27, 2012
    Terri, my Husband and I started all our boarder beds with newspaper and a compost mixture on top. And in the summers, we used, a running water hose to soften the area as we got rid of the unwanted grass etc... The water helps!
Your comment...