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Q.Can I Turn My Large Lawn Into A Flower And Vegetable Garden?

Zone 49544 | pagetoid added on October 30, 2020 | Answered

We’re moving to a new home which has a large (several acres) grassy lawn with an underground sprinkler system. While beautiful, we would like to reclaim a large portion of that lawn over time to turn into a mix of vegetable garden and flower garden (not heavily landscaped, something like a field of wildflowers or annual cut flowers). We have access to a SCUT with tiller attachment but I am concerned about damaging the underground pipes. What is the best way to navigate this?

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Answered on October 30, 2020

I would kill out the vegetation with a non-selective herbicide containing glyphosate and read and follow all the instructions.

If you have the time and the sun, you can cover the area with clear plastic and weigh down the edges with bricks. Leave it for 4 to 6 weeks in strong sun and it should kill out the grass and weeds.

And I wouldn't use the tiller. You can turn the dead grass with a rake or garden fork and also work in some amendments to loosen the soil.

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