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May 1, 2020 4:21 PM CST
Attica, Indiana
Really novice gardener here doing some improvement projects and wanting to skate by as easily as possible! I have a deck outback that has grass growing up to the base of it. No landscape or shrubs, etc.

My wife has asked me to plant lavender along it to beautify the area and cover up the deck. I have ordered plants and they should be arriving shortly.

My question is: Can I just dig a hole in the grass and plant the plants, or do I have to remove the sod and til the area? Do I need weedblock fabric? It is just grass in that area. and we don't necessarily want to create a bed.

Thanks in advance.
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May 1, 2020 5:04 PM CST
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Grass (lawns) are an effective competition for any plant, that's why they're so succesful in mostly sunny locations. Even trees find it hard to compete with them in their younger years.
So yes, you'll need to lift the turf and quite a way from the crown (base) of the plant to be effective. Besides, lawns need generous amounts of water to stay healthy and green while lavender thrives in dry, fast draining, poorer soils baked in sun.

I'm personally not a fan of landscape fabric. Ultimately they do nothing for you because in time weeds will just grow through and they have an adverse effect on the soil biome. You're better off mulching thickly with a coarse, natural material like wood chips
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