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Name: Pam Jackson
Randallstown, MD (Zone 6a)
Dec 1, 2017 2:08 PM CST
We just bought a home at the end of October (2017), and it has an area that once was a garden. However, the owner could no longer maintain it and put flowers and ground cover where it use to be. I want a garden in the spring. My question is this: Should I pull up the ground cover and till the soil now (Dec. 1, 2017) before winter sets in, or can I wait until early spring (2018) to do this. Your input is most appreciated.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Dec 1, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Can you identify the groundcover? Some ground covers can be tilled into the soil and will decompose. Other groundcovers could well multiply and become quite a nuisance.
Photos. detailed close up in focus photos, would help us to identify the ground cover if you do not already know the name.

That being said, this is a good time to amend the soil for the area where you want a garden in the spring. Manure, compost, leaf mould, and other organic matter would have time to condition the soil and get it ready for spring planting. Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 1, 2017 9:10 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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Dec 2, 2017 12:42 AM CST
Hi Pam, and welcome to NGA.
I agree with greene.
Also a quick way to kill out weeds/ground cover is to put down layers of cardboard and/or newspaper. Put a nice thick layer. You can put "Manure, compost, leaf mould, and other organic matter" on top of that. It will all break down over winter and will be ready to plant come spring.

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