Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by yolos Today at 4:06 pm

» How much to plant?
by trolleydriver Today at 2:48 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by countrynaturals Today at 2:24 pm

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Today at 2:22 pm

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by sanderson Today at 2:06 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson Today at 2:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:49 pm

» Gardening Australia
by trolleydriver Today at 1:34 pm

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:23 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by sanderson Today at 12:45 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by sanderson Today at 12:44 pm

» Some of our Gluten-free Cajun Recipes
by sanderson Today at 12:34 pm

» Crop rotation
by sanderson Today at 12:02 pm

» Creamy Basil Pesto
by sanderson Today at 11:46 am

» Daikon radishes?
by countrynaturals Today at 11:07 am

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 11:02 am

» Zera (TM) Food Recycler - kitchen composting
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 10:40 am

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by sfg4uKim Today at 8:48 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:37 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:35 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic X: Marigolds
by MeghanSTL Yesterday at 9:12 pm

» Winter Rye Grass
by camprn Yesterday at 6:31 pm

» Crop Rotation Involving Nightshades
by Turan Yesterday at 4:23 pm

» Sad News from Jimmy Cee
by Turan Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» Hola from Southern Ecuador
by Cats Yesterday at 11:51 am

» Cover Crops??
by camprn Yesterday at 11:20 am

» Anyone want walking onions??
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 7:43 am

» My rapini is scaring me
by Scorpio Rising 1/15/2017, 10:42 pm

» who has chickens
by countrynaturals 1/15/2017, 9:05 pm

» "Virtual" Roadtrip of the Desert and Old West
by countrynaturals 1/15/2017, 11:39 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Dig up the grass?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Dig up the grass?

Post  supercraftygirl on 4/11/2010, 11:43 am

We're going to build out box today - but I have one dumb question first - Do I need to dig up the grass where I'm going to place my box? Or can I go the newspaper/cardboard/weed mat route?

supercraftygirl

Posts : 6
Join date : 2010-04-07

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  Lavender Debs on 4/11/2010, 11:59 am

We stapled weed mat under ours and so far so good. But you should probably know that this is my first year, you will get better advice as the day goes on.

Deborah .....welcome to the squares world.

Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  ralitaco on 4/11/2010, 7:22 pm

I am brand new to this, but page 55 of the ANSFG book says to "remove grass or weeds".
hope that helps.

ralitaco

Male Posts : 759
Join date : 2010-04-04
Location : Hampstead, NC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  Toastie on 4/11/2010, 7:45 pm

I tilled the area where my boxes up to help draining and trying to lvl it. If you can remove teh grass you can put it in your compose heap also

Toastie

Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-04-02
Location : LaPlace, La

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  camprn on 4/11/2010, 8:38 pm

I lifted and removed the sod before I put my boxes down. If you use the search feature you can find several threads that speak to this. Good luck! All the work will be worth it! flower

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14038
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  timwardell on 4/11/2010, 9:38 pm

It really depends on how invasive / tough the grass in question is. If it's VERY invasive you can't loose by removing it. Yes, it's a lot of labor but once it's done you can feel fairly confident that your SFG will be safe. If you do opt for newspapers or cardboard you'll want to lay it thick enough so that it will smother the grass completely - don't leave any gaps! Scalping the area with a weedeater or lawn mower first also helps.

timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Dig up the grass?

Post  Little Thumb on 4/15/2010, 3:40 pm

Well, I guess I messed up on that one. We will see if my plants grow or the weeds.

Little Thumb

Female Posts : 126
Join date : 2010-04-13
Location : Pottawatomie County Kansas 5b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  elliephant on 4/17/2010, 3:21 pm

I wrapped flattened cardboard boxes in landscape fabric and set it directly on the grass (mostly weeds, Laughing). I've only had a few puny weeds and I'm well into the growing season here in south Texas.

elliephant

Female Posts : 842
Join date : 2010-04-09
Age : 41
Location : southern tip of Texas zone 9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  quiltbea on 4/18/2010, 12:02 pm

The grass in my perennial flower beds is so invasive that when I started my SFG last year, I made sure we removed all the sod before we started.
Its been 6 years and I still fight grass each and every year in those 2 beds.

I don't want any more trials of fighting grass in another garden so a sod-cutter was rented and my son did the job, thank goodness.

I was able to put in nine raised beds here and 4 mounded beds as well, and no more grassy battles.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4616
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  camprn on 4/18/2010, 12:39 pm

@quiltbea wrote:The grass in my perennial flower beds is so invasive that when I started my SFG last year, I made sure we removed all the sod before we started. no more grassy battles.
rock on

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14038
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Dig up the grass?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 4:24 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum