preparing garden - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by brbrkn8
April 12, 2010
ok, 1st x gardener. instead of lifting sod with tild the area & now we have grass still in our garden, that we can not get rid of. whats are best plan of action before i lay in the fertilizer? Is there something that will kill the grass but not hurt the growth of our garden?
please help...

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2010
If it's a flower garden or ornamental bed you can apply Amaze (by Green Light) or Over The Top (Fertilome) to kill grassy weeds. Be sure to read the label to make sure your existing plants are listed as safe to use the product around. If it's a vegetable bed, there's no easy solution because these products are not registered for use around edible crops. If this is the case you may need to use a vegetation killer such as Round Up, then rake out the dead grass. There's a waiting period (3 weeks, I think) before you can plant anything. Again, read the label carefully before applying. An alternative is to lay a weed block landscape fabric over the entire bed to help exclude sunlight and choke out the grass. Cut holes or make X's in the fabric to plant your veggies. You can cover over the top of the weed barrier with straw or compost to disguise the fabric.

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