How do I ready an old garden area that is full of weeds so grass will grow? - Knowledgebase Question

Sinclairville, Ne
Question by eileen25
March 27, 2010
We recently purchased a small cottage on a nearby lake. The previous owner had an area of raised bed gardening that had been let go for years. We have removed the wood pilings, but we now have an area full of weeds that are sprouting. How do we turn this area into lawn for the spring?


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Answer from NGA
March 27, 2010

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Removing the unwanted growth will be labor intensive, but it can be done. You can either till the entire area up and rake out the weeds and their roots or you can use a vegetation killer such as Round Up or Brush B Gon. Once the weeds are dead you will need to pull or till them up then rake and remove and level the area. The herbicides will translocate down to the roots of the weeds, killing the roots but won't move into the soil. There's a waiting period (check the product label) before you can seed your new lawn, but it's minimal - you'll still have time to get your new lawn planted so it can establish before summer rolls around.

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