How to replace 1500sf of lilies with grass??

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by thefed, May 17, 2007.

  1. thefed

    thefed LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 350

    Theres a patch of land with SOLID lilies...lilies of the valley I think

    Whats the best way to remove them and replace with grass? I already string-trimmed them, raked out the vegitation, tilled, raked out the thick roots, tilled, raked some more


    But i still seem to have a 2" deep 'thatch' of lilly roots that needs to come up. I was going to round up everything...but I figure that with such an intense root system, the lillies are bound to return and take over the seed I plant

    Then I figured I'd use a round-up product that attacks roots...but its a pre-m as well, so the seed wont grow.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 693

    Dig deeper.....
     
  3. thefed

    thefed LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 350

    My tiller is set to its deepest setting, 8 inches orso, and no go...too many tree roots in the area and i just keep bouncing back up...i'd say 50% of the area is free of root system, while 50% is not...
     
  4. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 693

    I'd be afraid to plant the grass until those roots are gone or 100% dead. Most of the non-sterilant vegetation controls I have experience with, you need leaves on the plants for absorption.

    Unless someone here has some chemical remedies, I think alot of hand shoveling is in your future - to do it right.
     
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,837

    I would have used roundup it kills down to the root. Then when the vegatation was dead I would have raked out the dead vegatation and tilled only the top 2 inches. Just do your best to manualy sift the area for live root. and put a good seed down
     

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