What can I use to kill the grass so I can put in rock?
I have heard of the newspaper technique before, and although I have not tried it, here is what I would do. I would lay down the newspaper like the other posters have suggested. Then I would cover it with the rock that you want to use. Eventually the newspaper will decompose, but by then, there will be lots of dirt and such on top of the rock anyway. I have landscape fabric and rock in my yard, and have had this for over 8 years. I have to pull weeds out of the crushed rock off and on. If you don't do that, you have to dig out all the rock, and clean it with a screen, or replace it with new rock. Some of my neighbours clean their rock mulch with leaf blowers and such fairly often. It depends on how fussy you want to be.
1 gal white vinegar [$2.08 at Walmart], 1 cup salt, 1 good squirt of Lemon Joy liquid dish soap. I mix this in a watering can and 'water' the weeds in my pea stone dog pen about once every 4-6 weeks. Weeds are dead the day after I do this.
By Estrella (Guest Post) 02/03/2009
The newspaper weedblock seems dandy - easy and effective. Beware the newsprint, however. Many papers are still printed with a petroleum-based ink - NOT good for your soil. Check with your local newspaper and ask if they use soy-based inks. If so, great! If not, ask them why not.
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How do I kill the grass and weeds in a large area of my back yard? It is hard to cut with a lawn mower. I want to put down some mulch or something, but do not want to cut the grass?
Rose from New Jersey
By Julie Braswell.
1. We loosened up the soil and pulled up really large weeds or flowers.2. Wet the soil well and then began layering newspaper in all of the bed. When we came to a spot that I wanted to plant something I stopped and carefully dug the hole and put lots of newspaper around it. I also watered down the newspaper in order to get it to lay down. I saved up newspaper for a long time for this and really laid it thick.
3. After making sure that you get every spot covered with newspaper I put down black landscape fabric and then a layer of red mulch on top. My neighbors all have weeds growing in their flower beds and will have to redo the whole flower beds this year. I will only have to cut through the black plastic and dig through the newspaper and I can plant whatever. Make sure that the newspaper is thoroughly wet.I expect my flowerbeds to be weed free for a couple of years while my neighbors must do this every spring! I will probably throw a little more mulch over the existing mulch just to keep it fresh looking. Ellen (04/04/2006)
By Adam B.