We bought a house this past summer and are prepping a section of our yard to put in a garden. We have lots of runner grass. What is the best way to remove this so we can plant next spring? Could chickens decimate it enough???
Ah, I should have added this sorry! My son actually has a Glyphosate chemical sensitivity (amoungst others chemical sensitivities) that put him in the hospital a couple years back, so it's all organic for us! We are in the city, and don't have a skid steer, but the local transfer station does sell really nice compost (they use the city clippings/leaves and leftovers from a yogurt factory, it's so rich!) that we can ammend the soil with eventually. Any other ideas for killing the grass? Would heavy mulch work?? We've lasagna gardened before, but always in the community garden where the ground was already prepared with a plow. Thanks!roundup lots of it.
then a preemergent
then some good compost or build up with rose soil if you can. I'm lucky down here we have places that will sell you this stuff by the cubic yard. I can actually haul 2 yards in the bed of my pickup truck. F20 with a full 8' bed.
only problem with round up this time of year, is if the grass is dormant.
chickens won't get the roots.
I'd seriously consider tilling the area getting a skid steer, and take out the top 6" of dirt. replace with yards of rose soil, and cover with compost, and a big black plastic sheet.
you will have problems with this and any other grass getting in your garden forever, so be prepared.
You should do a lasagna garden. Go with a good solid layer of cardboard on the bottom and go for it. You might need to cover the entire area with plastic in the spring for a month if it hasn't composted enough to plant. Letting the chickens have access to the garden in the off season will help speed things up, keep larvae in check and scratch up most tender weeds.