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Getting rid of grass - should I remove sod, spray chemicals, or just use geotextile fabric or all of the combined?

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Getting rid of grass - should I remove sod, spray chemicals, or just use geotextile fabric or all of the combined?

Already planning my spring yard projects.

I plan to get rid of all the grass on two the sides of my house and replacing it with white rocks. There is only 10 feet between me and neighbours so its tough for grass to grow.

How do I ensure that grass/weeds do not continue to grow once I replace white rocks on my lawn? I plan to use geotextile landscaping fabric. Will this be enough? Should I go a step further and spray chemicals on my lawn to kill the grass and weeds before hand? If so, where can I get these chemicals? I obviously need a lot and homedepot/lowes only sells them by the bottle (and they are all weed killers, I need grass killer). Or should I go a step further and remove all the sod?
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toronto
does that area get any sun? if so, get some black garbage bags and open them up and lay them down on the area you want to kill. the sun beating down and trapping the heat should kill off most if not all the stuff that's there

edit: not sure if this is going to work as the most stuff there is now dormant and not sure if it'll kill it off at this point. might need to wait till spring for this but i'm not sure
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The side yard barely gets any sun compared to my front and back yards. Garbage bag trick may not work.

Where can I get the chemicals that will kill the grass?
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You'll still have to remove the dead grass if you kill it. Use a sod cutter and remove the turf, it's easier when the grass is alive.
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Mix of white vinegar and lime juice, can be used with salt instead of lime. I used them in spring to get rid of my sod in the back yard.
Zero Hope wrote: Where can I get the chemicals that will kill the grass?
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Bella125 wrote: You'll still have to remove the dead grass if you kill it. Use a sod cutter and remove the turf, it's easier when the grass is alive.
This is the best option. HD rents sod cutters.
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Landscape fabric is the scourge...it may work okay initially but after time, when the weeds grow through...it is impossible to extricate the weeds from it. Having a thick enough layer of rocks (at least 4") should be adequate to keeping weeds at bay, or at least make it easy for you to pull out because they aren't as anchored to the ground. As to poisoning your soil with salt and/or vinegar, make sure you aren't concerned about the runoff affecting other plantings.
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Markham
Maintain with non selective herbicide on your site rocks
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