Question by Wondering: Re: prepping a site for a vegetable garden…?
I am a beginner at gardening. I have chosen a suitable spot in my yard and understand the ground must be tilled, composted, etc. before planting.
My question is:
What do I do about the plants that are presently on the site? They are a mix of wild grass and ornamental lawn grass (not Bermuda). Must I kill the grass first? Just till it under?
Answer by Goldilocks Gardener
The only problem with tilling the grass under, is that most will come back from the tiniest piece of root. You will not completely get rid of grass in the area, unfortunately, but will have to continue to battle it. The best thing to do is dig it out. You can till first and then pull out everything you can find. If you decide to try to kill it, make sure you use something that does not stay in the soil or it will affect the plants you are trying to grow.
One thing I’ve heard of, but never tried, is to weight down some plastic over the entire area. Two or three days of hot sun will cook anything under the plastic.
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