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Old 09-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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Removing side yard grass


The side of my house is wide enough to mow down and back, but its annoying because the AC unit is there and I think it would look much better with the grass removed, and I just lay down 12x12 stone and use it as a side yard storage. I'm assuming this is a beginner task and I'm not interested in headaches.

How can I do this task?



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Old 09-30-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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Use a sharp spade to cut the sod down through the sod in manageable size squares or strips. Scrape the sod off between the cuts

Read some of the other threads on this site for instructions on how to lay pavers. You will need to put down and compact a base for the 12x12 pieces or they will heave and crack.

You might also consider spacing the 12x12s a couple inches apart and filling in with a low growing ground cover to keep some degree of green look.

It is a doable DIY project.

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks, but I don't want any grass growing between the pavers. This is what I figured I'd have to do:

- remove grass
- pack dirt
- lay sand base
- lay pavers down level
- sweep sand in between the cracks of the pavers
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If you want an super easy removal... spray the grass with round up and wait a week or two for it to die and dry. Then just use a flat shovel and scrape off the top 2". This will stop any weeds/grass from ever wanting to regrow in that area as well as reducing the waist you must hall away. Also its much easier if you might be older or not want to break your back cutting and scrapping sod out. Good luck.
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Forget renting a gas tamper and just mulch it once a year...
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If you want an super easy removal... spray the grass with round up and wait a week or two for it to die and dry. Then just use a flat shovel and scrape off the top 2". This will stop any weeds/grass from ever wanting to regrow in that area as well as reducing the waist you must hall away. Also its much easier if you might be older or not want to break your back cutting and scrapping sod out. Good luck.
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Forget renting a gas tamper and just mulch it once a year...
That seems very easy to do, would it be level? I was under the impression I have to have a slope so water drains away from the house.

What are you talking about mulching it?
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Yea you need to have a slight grade away from the house. Just do that when you are removing the dead grass and a bit of dirt. Should be very easy.

You had mentioned that you wanted to install pavers in that slot to the AC. Unless you have time and money to throw away just do a smile grade and mulch it right to the AC. No one sees that area so why bother making it look great. Maybe install a 3.5' white gate or something to spice it up. I love landscaping but always think practical.
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There's mulch around the AC, so I figured I'd add pavers all the way up to it just incase I have alot of things to put on the side of the house.
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Round up it, roll out some weed mat, install some form of a border by the fence and where it meets the grass and fill in with 1/2-1 inch crushed limestone. Pack it down and your done!!
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I think I'm going to pave both sides of the house and about 21ft out from the house. I was quoted $3600 for 786sq ft of pavers, which can get done in 2 days.

Is that a reasonable price?
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I wouldn't do the roundup.....if you cut it in squares like sdsester said, then you just use a pick ax with the blade on one end to cut under it, comes up easy. If you kill if off, you actually end up with a bigger mess. With the grass alive, it comes up in cleaner chunks.

Also be aware...that you will get weeds back there.....birds drop seeds....seeds fall into cracks....seed makes weed. So, you either do like sdsester said and leave a 2" gap and put in a low grass that will choke out weeds....or deal with the weeds....or, just pour concrete (my choice)
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I understand why you are considering this, but water has to go someplace, and, as you mentioned, you don't want it running back toward your house, nor are you supposed to direct it onto your neighbors property. Maybe you could start a bit high back by the AC unit, and run the edge along the house and the fence a bit higher than the center in order to create a funnel effect for the water to find its' way to your lawn? In the absence of something like that, it seems that the ability of the lawn to absorb the rainfall beats a hard surface. Just something to think about.
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If you are contemplating pavers to ease the work load and look better ( subjective) choose another approach like stamped concrete sloped the amount and direction you want it. As previously mentioned, weeds etc between pavers will drive you to wishing you had.
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Thanks, but I don't want any grass growing between the pavers. This is what I figured I'd have to do:

- remove grass
- pack dirt
- lay sand base
- lay pavers down level
- sweep sand in between the cracks of the pavers

I think this is the best and easiest way of getting rid of the grass.
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Thanks for the replies. I was quoted $3400 by another company, going to see what they offer. If not, looks like tax return will be paying for the home improvement.

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