laurabee
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Must I kill everything?

I have a flowerbed full of Lily of the Valley and daylily's, it is slowly being taken over by, not sure if this is the correct name, orchard grass. I started digging out the lily of the valley last night and pulling out the grass. Is there any other way to get rid of the grass? I also have a crabapple and clematis bordering the bed so I really don't want to take the chance of spraying weedkiller. What do you think? Should I just stop whining and keep digging? :(
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tomf
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If it is not to big just dig.

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You could apply sheet mulching technique to the bed.
Dig out as many of the LOV and DL you want to keep, then cut everything to the ground and scatter the cut greens over the area. Now, if you feel you need to add any amendments, do it now -- compost, manure, etc. -- then water well. Cover the entire area with corrugated cardboard, soak the cardboard, then spread weed-free potting mix or soil mix and mulch.

By laying a 4" layer or more of the soil mix, you can plant shallow-rooted bedding plants here right away. However, it's probably better to let the area mellow for about a week or two first. You'll need to compensate for the cardboard with extra nutrients -- I use compost tea, alfalfa meal tea, fish fertilizer. The earthworms LOVE sheet-mulched beds. :D

Here's one I built recently: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22797&highlight=
This one is a raised bed, involving a bit more digging -- I dug out the path and flipped the grass/sod and topsoil on top before covering with cardboard and 4-layer newsprint paper. I used straw for mulch. I planted the seeds yesterday so I'll update the other thread soon with new photos.

Another option is to solarlize the bed with black plastic and clear plastic sheeting, but that kills everything, so I don't like to do it myself.

laurabee
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Thanks for the replies! I think I'm going to use both of them, I already have quite a bit of dug and the rest will be easy to cover with cardboard and mulch.
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Susan W
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This is a switch! My lily of the valley and dayliles are both aggressive and bully everything near by!
In the meantime, dig out the grass preferable after a rain when ground is soft. When area is clean, add a mulch.
Have fun!
Susan

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