There’s More Than One Way To Kill Grass

Ready for a new planting bed but not sure how to get rid of the grass? You don’t need any special skills or muscle. Just a few simple steps and a little patience and your grass can be gone for good.

So you’ve applied for the SAWS WaterSaver Landscape coupon and now it’s time to remove 200 square feet of grass to accommodate your beautiful new WaterSaver plants.

Before you think you don’t have the skills or muscle to successfully kill and remove your grass, think again. In fact, with just a few easy steps and some patience, anyone can do it. And without using any harsh chemicals.

Here are four methods for killing and removing your grass: solarization, sheet covering, physical removal and organic herbicide.

Before you choose a method, consider these questions to help you select the right one for you.

What does 200 square feet of grass look like?
How much manual labor do I want to invest in the process?
How much money do I want to spend?
How quickly do I want the grass to be gone?




Sheet Covering

Physical Removal

Organic Herbicide

What is it? Cover grass with clear plastic sheet to overheat grass Cover grass with cardboard, paper and mulch Remove grass manually or with sod cutter Kill grass with vinegar and orange oil application
Benefits Efficient and effective Efficient and effective Fastest method Quick method
Moderate expense Inexpensive Inexpensive Moderate expense
Minimal labor Minimal labor Get a good workout Moderate labor
Works in hot, sunny months (best July-August) Builds rich soil Good for areas 100 square feet and larger Good for small areas
Challenges Slow process (6 weeks or more) Slower process (6 months, starting in the fall) Very labor intensive More expensive than other methods
Unsightly (neighbor factor) Not for steep slopes Higher chance of regrowth Lesser known method so less info on effectiveness
Won’t work in cool or shade Works best in hotter areas Not as effective for long rooted grass (Bermuda) Works best in hotter areas
Not for huge lawn areas Sod cutter needed Not for huge lawn areas
How-To Help Step-by-step solarization Covering it up Grass removal workout Killing grass naturally

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Gail Dugelby
Gail Dugelby is a SAWS conservation consultant with deep roots in San Antonio and the Hill Country. She spent her youth climbing trees, playing in the Guadalupe River, and exploring the outdoors. This drives her passion for nature and our diverse environment, especially our most precious natural resource — water. Given the choice, she would be outside all the time.
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