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Grass - Removal for Garden Bed
Question: I wish to remove all bermuda grass with sod cutter. How do I kill all remaining grass roots, to prep for flower garden?

Answer: Roots of the grass do not have to be removed. Only the stems, rhizomes and stolons have reproductive ability. Do not till first - that drives the reproductive pieces into the ground and causes a long term weed problem. Scrape or set the sod cutter to a depth of 1/2 to 2" and throw that material in the compost pile. Mixed with leaves and other materials, the grass will be useful in the composting process. Next mix in all the organic amendments. Here's the detailed description: http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Bed-Preparation-Newsletter-2011_vq3812.htm

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