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Get rid of grass and fill gravel

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Member
Jul 7, 2020
307 posts
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Get rid of grass and fill gravel

Planning to just remove grass (approximately 50 sq ft atleast) and fill gravel.
Looking for recommendations/tips if any tools I can rent to cut grass from roots and also exact steps I need to do also to ensure no grass grows again.

Thanks in advance
(Location Mississauga)
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Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
17724 posts
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Eastern Ontario
nowhere2010 wrote: Planning to just remove grass (approximately 50 sq ft atleast) and fill gravel.
Looking for recommendations/tips if any tools I can rent to cut grass from roots and also exact steps I need to do also to ensure no grass grows again.

Thanks in advance
(Location Mississauga)
Pics needed

Also be aware in some municipalities / jurisdictions if you do such an extensive change to your landscaping you need approvals (not sure about Mississauga) cuz it can change site drainage when you remove soft absorbent grass and opt for hard gravel
Deal Addict
Dec 19, 2015
1842 posts
933 upvotes
Calgary, AB
A garden spade (not shovel) like this - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... 2608p.html

Cut strips around spade width, about a couple of inches into the grass, pulling the spade back a little to loosen the grass (you can also flip the spade and do it to the other piece, so both sides are loosened. Then lay the spade flat and slice underneath and lift. Very easy to do.

For that small an area a mechanical machine isn’t really needed.

Once cleared, flatten the dirt and lay heavy duty landscaping fabric over the top, then put 3-4 inches of gravel on top of that.
Sr. Member
Oct 2, 2017
792 posts
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Grass will eventually grow in the rocks. It's not because your fabric is bad it's because the rocks have dirt on them or some soil accumulated on top of the fabric. Keep a weed killer handy and it will remain weed free for a long time
I'll see you at the top, cause the bottom is too crowded
Newbie
May 12, 2021
85 posts
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I’d water the grass the day before and use a wider shovel like this. It’ll go pretty quickly with soft grass/soil.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/anvil- ... 1000762939
Andy34 wrote: A garden spade (not shovel) like this - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... 2608p.html

Cut strips around spade width, about a couple of inches into the grass, pulling the spade back a little to loosen the grass (you can also flip the spade and do it to the other piece, so both sides are loosened. Then lay the spade flat and slice underneath and lift. Very easy to do.

For that small an area a mechanical machine isn’t really needed.

Once cleared, flatten the dirt and lay heavy duty landscaping fabric over the top, then put 3-4 inches of gravel on top of that.

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