Removing your Lawn III

by Lorraine on September 9, 2008

It’s been a few days since I wrote the last post on the lecture regarding how to kill your lawn and I want to conclude that discussion in this post.  


The solarizing method is similar to the Lasagne method, as the lawn is covered up and denyed any water or sunlight.  Essentially the difference is, that with solarizing the lawn it is completely covered over with plastic.   And you know what happens when you cover grass with plastic.


Remember those wading pools that we had as kids?  Mom or Dad would put it on the grass and fill it up with water, so that we could splash around in it, frolicking to our delight on a hot Summer day.   Yeah, if left in place too long, it always killed the lawn.


So, cover it up with lots of plastic and wait it out.   Again, your neighbors may not be too happy with your new avaunt garde look, but it’s effective.


Out of the four choices, Steve said that the best method is to simply scrape it off using  mechanical means.   In other words a very large blade.   This would certainly be the most physically demanding method but it works.  And you may have the extra benefit of dropping a few pounds and building some muscle!


He said that it’s important to be sure that the area to be cleaned, is wet when you start as this will make it considerably easier to scrape the lawn off the top of the soil.  However, it could possibly take quite some time before the lawn surrenders to your continual onslaught, but eventually it will give up growing and then you can get started on your new garden.


I hope that this information on how to remove a lawn has been a bit helpful.   I know that it’s not thoroughly detailed and as I mentioned in an earlier post, due to the amount of questions that Steve answered from the audience, he jumped around in his discussion, making it a little challenging for me to take accurate notes.


In closing this post, he provided the following website that provides a list of invasive plants.   Too many times, people will buy a plant or plants from a nursery and don’t know that it is a problem plant.   Several ornamental grasses are very invasive, such as Fountain Grass and lately it seems to be a popular choice for gardens because it is pretty.  


Stay away from it!


Here’s the site, check it out:

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