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Old 08-05-2017, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I really want to plant more wildflowers (including milkweed--I saw a cat yesterday munching away on one of my milkweed plants ). However, I've run out of space in the beds that I currently have.

So, I have decided to repurpose part of the lawn and some other grassy areas that would be much better served as wildflower habitats. However, I have never done this before, so I am hoping for someone to give me some advice.

Do I need to dig up the grass with a rototiller? Or can I just plant seeds amid the existing grass, maybe by scoring rows?
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:59 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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You are gonna need to remove all the grass before atempting to plant anything. I have a small tiller that works wonders when I feel the need to extend my beds. If I was 20 years younger I probably would just use a spade fork to get it done.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Thanks, LIcenter.

I love your garden and will be planting something similar. I was just wondering: if I seed (in the fall), should I put down mulch?

Also, do you weed your garden and, if so, how (ie. how do you get in there)? I ask b/c the area that I plan to repurpose is about 10x10 and I am concerned that I will not be able to get in there to weed unless I leave a "lane" in the middle...
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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You could put down cardboard, weed fabric, or plastic to smother out the grass where you don't want it. Should be dead in a couple of weeks, or sooner.
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Old 08-09-2017, 01:42 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You could put down cardboard, weed fabric, or plastic to smother out the grass where you don't want it. Should be dead in a couple of weeks, or sooner.
This time of year with all the heat and sun is a great time to kill it this way, but then you still have to remove the sod or till it for successful wildflowers. With a green, watered lawn, renting a sod cutter and removing it to become compost or use elsewhere may be an option.


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Old 08-09-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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I've done something similar in the past. Killed off the grass and tilled it in. It was lumpy with all the little sod hunks, but the new plants did not seem to mind. It seems like a waste to me to cut out the sod layer and dispose of it, since you'll take several inches of soil doing so. And the sod pieces break down fairly fast.
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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A friend of ours in California wanted to turn their lawn into native plants/wildflowers. Their neighbor constantly harassed code enforcement until they cited them for their lawn being too long (this neighbor was always on them for something, he called the fire marshal because they had a grand piano in their living room and he claimed it was a deathtrap because the piano took up most of the room). Our friends fought it for a while and lost, so they got a copy of the code, removed the wildflowers and replaced it with dozens of random length dowel rods with a dolls head (from yard sales) on top of each dowel rod. The neighbor called code enforcement and they showed them where the code allowed art to be displayed in their yard. Code guy who was ticked about having to cite them for wildflowers agreed. Neighbor appealed it and lost. The heads were there for years. They decorated the heads for every major holiday - probably just so he would not forget them.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: 76102
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Definitely check with your HOA if you have one.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Definitely check with your HOA if you have one.
I don't.
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