What is the best way to tackle overgrowth? - Knowledgebase Question

Midvale, Ut
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Question by jess_cagle
June 2, 2010
We moved into our house about 6 months ago when nothing was growing. All of a sudden, tall grasses (at least 2 ft high) and weeds mixed with random flowers have appeared in a section of our yard that's about 6'x 25. It's out of control. My husband plans to use a weedeater, but that only trims it. I want it all out of there so I can start with a clean slate for planting something of our choice.

Answer from NGA
June 2, 2010
There are a couple of approaches. The first is to weed whack the area then rake out the debris and rototill the area. The only drawback with this approach is that the roots and seeds from the weeds and plants can sprout up again in a few weeks. The second approach is to use a vegetation killer such as Round Up. This will kill everything down to the roots. You can then rake out the debris and rototill the area. Check the product label, but I think you can replant the area in about a week. Best wishes with your new landscape!

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