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Old 03-28-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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I have a line of about 20 Thuja Green Giants that are spaced approx 6 feet apart. They are currently about 8 feet tall. When I planted them a few years back (2 foot tall), I made the mistake of just digging out the sod for each planting hole. What I would like to do is to remove all of the sod between each tree, and remove about 2-3 feet of grass on either side to make 1 long bed. I would then fill this all in with mulch. Objective is to remove the competition between the grass and the Thujas. What is the best way to remove this grass? Sod cutter? Round-Up? My concern is if I use Round-Up, would it have any affect on the Thujas or would it just kill the grass that I would spray it on? I would use a hand held pump sprayer, so I would (hopefully) be able to keep the spray area under control. Suggestions? Thanks!

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Round up may also kill the trees.
I'd use a roto tiller.

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Old 03-28-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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It seems like simply laying down the mulch on top of the grass would be enough to kill it. Not so?
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Round-up should not hurt the surrounding plants so long as you do not get overspray on them. It is a post-emergent, systemic herbicide that works specifically on killing the systems of plants only to which it is applied. It is non-selective in killing all to which it is applied though.

You risk doing more damage to the roots of the plants you want to preserve getting rototiller blades too close to them. One of the little rototiller might work but they tend to bounce around quite a bit.

It will take you a while but cut the sod with a spade and get rid of it. Or you could rent a sod cutter I guess. Then turn the soil over of with a shovel or soil turning fork. Add your mulch.
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you can also "paint" on the roundup to avoid having overspray getting on the items you do not want killed.
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I'd edge out the line or shape you want the space to take and simply lay a thick layer of newspapers on the sod and top with woodchips or whatever you are mulching with. That will kill the grass chemical free and be a whole lot less labour intensive
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I guess that's a 'yes'....
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