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when to plant in area where lawn has been killed

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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#1 Comment By theficuswrangler On 10/19/2014 @ 10:10 pm

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. [1]
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. [2]

#2 Comment By grander On 10/20/2014 @ 10:19 pm

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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