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Replacing Turf with Flowerbeds and Gardens


If you are tired of dealing with high maintenance grassy areas in the yard, here are tips on replacement

Some grassy areas of the landscape are difficult to maintain with accompanying spots that are hard to mow and edge. You can cut down on the cost of maintenance by removing the grass and replacing it with flowers, bushes, or a garden.

Before you just rip out the grassy areas, however, there are some important pointers to keep in mind.

-The grass must be alive before you kill it off.
-Always be cautious around trees so as to not damage the root system.
-Be familiar with what types of planting will work in the soil, climate, and sun or shade conditions.

Low-maintenance groundcovers are a good choice in shady areas where grass has difficulties. They also require very little soil preparation. Vegetable gardens need at least six hours of sun each day and preferably eight hours during the growing season. These areas, along with flowerbeds, will need to be tilled thoroughly.

Now the grass must die. Do not try to kill off the grass during the winter months; the grass must be growing. Use an approved herbicide at its highest recommended strength - one that will penetrate all parts of the grass shaft and root system, but will not harm the soil.

Apply the herbicide as a heavy concentration as opposed to a misting and wait until there is no breeze. If you are spraying near trees that have thin bark (such as crape myrtles), mask them off with plastic.

Now, you will have to wait about 14 days to make sure the grass has died off. You may see a few weeds or grass shards sprouting, however, you may need to re-spray. After you are sure the grass is gone, you will need to till the soil to at least 4 inches (unless you are working under a tree).

If you have clay soil, mix in a 3-inch layer of organic material and continue tilling. You can then add a granular fertilizer (10-20-10). Raised beds should be tilled with like soil plus the organic material and watered thoroughly. A second 2-week wait is required with raised beds to ensure all possibility of germination has passed.

Now, you are ready for the plantings and in no time you'll be enjoying a beautiful new space with a lot less work.

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