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Q.Previous Owners Left Us With Raised Beds With Lots Of Dead Grass And Weeds: How To Prep For Spring?

Zone 19454 | Anonymous added on April 7, 2024 | Answered

The previous owners of our home left us with lots of weeds and dead grass in these raised beds, and I’m looking to prep them for planting as a first time gardener. Pulling all of this by hand has been hard and I’m not sure it’s the best or most efficient way to get these beds ready. Should I turn some of the dead matter into the dirt? Is there a tool that would make this easier? Should I just dig them out completely and replace the soil? Any advice would be great! Thank you!

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Answered on April 8, 2024

The grass will have to be pulled. As its roots spread like crazy. If you are serious about gardening, the absolute best thing to do is to dig down, a bout a foot into the ground, put an old dead fallen tree / branches and then add compost and top with soil. The tree will rot and help bring worms and beneficial bacterial, and will take a couple of years to decompose - depending on size. In the long run your garden will benefit from it.

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