Starting A Garden

When to Plant in Area Where Lawn Has Been Killed

grander added on October 19, 2014 | Answered

About a month ago, I covered my lawn with newspaper & steer manure. When is it safe to begin planting? I usually start new perennials in Oct & Nov, but am afraid that grass will sprout if I water the new plants.

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Answered on October 20, 2014

thank you! I did use composted steer manure. I think I will wait one more week before I start introducing plants to that area.

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Answered on October 19, 2014

Usually the grass will be killed after a month of being covered. However, there may be some seeds that will still sprout; that's why some people prefer the heating quality of black plastic in stead of newspaper.
Another consideration is the steer manure. If you're using composted steer manure, no problem. If however it's fresh cow manure, that should be allowed to dry for a year before using it on plants, and especially seeds.

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