Little John
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Converting a flower garden into shrubbery

Hello,
Shortly after moving into our home (which had a meticulously maintained flower garden), my wife and I realized that were were not gardeners. Now the flower garden is a weed bed with some pretty flowers poking through. What we were hoping to do was convert the whole thing into bushes/shrubbery, but don't know the best way to eliminate the existing flowers to make sure they don't come back.

The original plan was to:
- Rescue the bulbs for a smaller, easier garden.
- Herbicide the rest of the garden (nothing's growing yet)
- One week after herbicide, use a rototiller on the garden, mix in fertilizer.
- Two weeks after herbicide, plant shrubs/bushes.

Does this make sense? Thanks. -B

The Helpful Gardener
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Yo, CT in da house! Go Huskies!

We are not big fans of spraying pesticides and like to find other ways; solarizing your soil after cutting everything down (pulling black plastic over the bed and leaving it two weeks or so) will do that job fine and in a poison free manner... I'd pull bulbs, cut back, roto till and THEN solarize, then plant (kills the weed seed you just tilled up...)

But the rest of your plan is bonus; go for it!

HG
Scott Reil

Little John
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OK, I like that approach better - It'll take care of the forgotten and leftover bulbs?

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If the tilling don't, the heat will...

HG
Scott Reil

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