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Use leaves to kill grass in new beds

Last fall, I found a good use for fallen leaves before adding them to the compost pile: They helped kill the grass that was growing where I wanted to start a new flower bed. Using a hose, I outlined the space where the new bed would be and filled the space with a layer of leaves thick enough to completely block light from reaching the grass. I wet the leaves down with a hose initially to keep them in place. In the spring, the grass had died and the bed was easy to dig.

Ruth Dobsevage, Bethel, CT

From Fine Gardening 45, pp. 10