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Old 04-01-2009, 12:25 PM
 
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I wanted to add a garden plot in my backyard 15ft x 15ft approx. if i wanted to till it do i need to take up all hte grass that is down first? or can that all be tilled into the soil?
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It would probably be better if you got rid of/killed the grass first. If you dig it in the grass can re-grow out of root pieces. Expect a lot of weeds for a couple years after opening it up.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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It would probably be better if you got rid of/killed the grass first. If you dig it in the grass can re-grow out of root pieces. Expect a lot of weeds for a couple years after opening it up.
Yep. Mulch heavily the first two years using wheat straw and shredded leaves if you can. That will help control the weeds. DO NOT use a pre-emergent for the weeds if you intend to plant any kinds of seeds.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I tilled the grass into the soil, then I came back with a wide spaced rake and raked some of it out after it dried (I have St Augustine which spreads by runners, not seeds). I think I'm going to try mulching with newspapers between my rows. My most troublesome weed is chamberbitter, hopefully the newspapers will help control it.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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so i can throw oldleaves right on top and just mulch them in? Started a compost pile recently but think it has some time before it will be ready.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: WA
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Normally you would remove the sod before tilling a garden plot. If you don't there is a very good chance the grass will grow back interfering with your plantings.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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Like a nursing home, there are a whole lot of depends. If the grass roots are raked out and the soil is allowed to dry, killing what remains, the growth may not be too bad. 15' x 15' isn't very big, so fluffing the soil once or twice shouldn't be difficult. Then, the covering with mulch and keeping after it for the first few weeks will help tremendously. The chamber bitter is likely to be more of a problem than the grass.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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The chamberbitter was my problem, hopefully the OP doesn't have it.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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chamberbitter? Wahts that? they in Atlanta?
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Not sure if it's in Atlanta or not, I'm sure it's in south Georgia though.

chamber bitter: Phyllanthus urinaria (Euphorbiales: Euphorbiaceae)
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