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Question: I am replacing an old overgrown garden in my yard. What is the best way to kill off what is there still to start a new garden from scratch?

Answer: To some extent this depends on what kinds of plants you want to remove. Large established shrubs are usually best pulled from the ground with a chain or dug out by the roots, while overgrown perennials and weeds or grass can be dug out by hand or sprayed with an herbicide containing glyphosate. Be sure to read and carefully follow all of the label directions. I should also mention that sometimes shrubs can be renovated with excellent results, rather than going through the removal process, and older perennials can often be divided and renewed as well.

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