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removing grass to create planting area

hi want to create a planting area. Long dried grass in the way. should i try pull it out. Or treat the grass in question with non soil affecting weed killer. 



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,099

    Weedkiller works on live foliage on growing plants.  That looks pretty dead and dry to me so you'll have to dig it out and make sure you shake the clumps to get all the roots and leave soil behind.   It's often made easier by giving the area a good soak the night before you plan to dig so the soil isn't rock hard.

    Use a fork, rather than a spade, near any plants you wish to keep as it will be less damaging to their roots.   If they get loosened, firm them back and water well.

    Once cleared, rake it level and then spread on plenty of well rotted garden compost or manure to improve soil texture and nutrients.   Autumn is the best time for planting shrubs and bulbs and hardy, early flowering perennials as the soil is still warm and they have plenty of time and good conditions for developing a strong root system.

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