Grass can be surprisingly difficult to
remove. Find out how to get rid of it once
and for all.
Southern Nevada lies in a warm arid zone. Warm-season grass and cool-season grass are the two general grass types found in the region.
Cool-season grass removes easily, simply turn off the water supply right before removal and dig it out. Fescue, Bluegrass and Ryegrass are examples of cool-season grasses.
Warm-season grass may be more difficult to remove as it is well-adapted to the desert environment and more deeply rooted in the soil. It also will need to be treated with a non-selective herbicide before removal to thoroughly kill the grass down to the root. Make sure not to choose an herbicide that will affect your soil.
Examples of warm-season grasses include Bermuda, Buffalo and Zoysia. Bermuda grass in particular has an extensive root system that is difficult to remove. It must be thoroughly killed with a strong herbicide before removal or it will return once the area is watered. Full removal of Bermuda grass can take between a few weeks and a full season. Use the tips below to properly remove Bermuda grass:
Removing Bermuda Grass
Herbicide Application Follow-Up
For small areas of grass, a shovel will do the trick when it comes to removing grass. Larger spaces may require a sod-cutter, available for rent at home improvement stores or equipment rental stores. A sod-cutter will cut the grass into strips that can be rolled up and carried away and works best if grass if it is alive and healthy. Use caution when operating a sod-cutter and read all instructions before operation.
If possible, take grass and debris to a company that recycles green waste. Otherwise, take it to the local landfill. Many trash services will allow you to rent a small container to put the yard debris in. They will deliver it upon request and take it away after the bin is full, for a fee. If you hired someone to remove your grass, waste removal should be included in the service.
While you're already hauling away waste, take this time to remove rocks, stumps or other debris to prepare your site. You'll also want to use your landscape plan to identify where your plants will be located. Mark the locations with temporary paint or marker flags and take a good look at the visual once you're done to ensure you've placed plants and trees where they will have plenty of room to grow. It's typical to make a few changes once you can see a physical layout, but remember to change your landscape plan to avoid confusion later.
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