I really try not to use chemicals but I used Round Up on a 20 by 40
foot bed to have done by the 4th of July (per wife)... It's been down
for 5 days and the grass looks "light" green, not brown. May I still
lay 6 in. of compost/topsoil to start my bed tomorrow? The last
thing I'd want is grass growing thru.
P.S. No rain, mid 70's days, low 60's nights
P.P.S. Most times I just dig or lay newspaper
Oddly enough, here in NW Georgia, if I use mulch, I don't have to spray
my grass. I just cover it with lots of mulch and use landscaping cloth
around the edges. So far, out of what used to be a big patch of lawn,
I get a few sprouts of grass that come up now and then, but they are
easy to spot and pull. Generally, I spend about 10 minutes each
morning pulling weeds -- it's easy to tell the grass from what I've
planted -- and I have had few things grow through. I use a lot of
This is my first major gardening attempt, and I've only had these beds
since the first of the year, but so far I've been pleased with the
result. But then, I enjoy doing a little weeding in the mornings.
I don't have any problem with using Roundup, as people here know. I
use it all the time to spray for poison oak and ivy, and for clearing a
1/3 mile gravel driveway. However, it *is* expensive, and my mulch is
free. Given the choice of spending $50 on some Roundup and $50 on a
cool plant, I'll choose the latter.
On 6/26/04 11:07 AM, in article
I do see some inconsistencies in your question.
Firstly, your boss...I mean your wife, wants it done by July 4th....so
asking if you can still lay 6 in. of compost/topsoil at this time is a phart
in the wind. Next time tell her that you won't use chemicals period or that
"Yes dear, it will be ready for July 4th/2005!!".
What I did when trying to clear an area for my vegetable garden was to
get some strong fencing...mesh-like chicken wire (+-) but much stronger. I
built a horizontal frame about 10' by 5'. I added 2x4 legs to keep it off
the ground and up into the 'sun'. I nailed/screwed the mesh/fencing to the
top. As I dug out the grass/weeds/sod from the garden I threw them on top of
this mesh. The sun did the rest. (don't pile them too thickly...)
The nice thing about this method is that the worms dropped back into the
ground...I hope...and were not killed by chemicals and I had no concerns
about residues left by roundup or other pesticides when planting my
So in other words, don't use the short term easy way out by using
chemicals. (Worms don't like it) use elbow grease...a sustainable product.
Your wife will be impressed..."Look dear, muscles!" :)
Fort Langley BC
To reply please remove...yoursocks...
Was it a "ready spray" or concentrate? If you mixed it "heavy" thinking it
would kill quicker, it won't. It actually has a slower, lesser kill when you
don't follow the ratio...Probably 6 oz. per gal? Round-up will kill anything
green,(non-selective) and it dissipates when it reaches the soil, so it is
safe to plant anything 7 days later....It kills to the root of whatever it
gets on, but it is rain-fast after 2 hrs., so if it is mistakenly sprayed on
something it can be washed off. The USDA is actually developing fruit crops
to be glyphosate (Round-up) hardy for weed post-application...
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