I am putting in a section of a border of lilies. It was quite full of grass, violets & creeping charlie. Today I ran my tiller through it several times to work the area up. I suspect the grass & especially the violets & creeping charlie will come back, since I can't get all the pieces & roots out.
I am wondering - if I put a piece of plastic over that area for several days/week, will that help to kill the weeds. I keep thinking of the time my sister accidently left a tarp on her yard & in just a day or two, the grass under it was brown & dead. I really do not want to use chemicals on my yard. After I replant all the lilies, I will put wood mulch down, but I just wondered if there was something I could do to help.
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I used Spectracide's Weed-B-Gon to be rid of Charlies.
Covering with plastic. I don't think so. Those roots are stubborn.
Can you spot with an herbacide? Tedious and will take time.
Instead of plastic, put down several layers of newspapers. Wet them down so they don't blow around. The newspapers will block the sun & help keep the weeds from regrowing. Keep the papers there. You can put the mulch right on top, the papers will decompose, no need to remove them. Then, when you're ready to plant, just move the mulch aside, make a hole in whatever paper is left & plant your lilies. Good luck & have fun.
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