How to Kill the Growth of Lawn Grass


Although a healthy, lush green lawn around a house enhances its appearance and increases its value, many people prefer to clear out the space of any growth. This may be due to poor soil quality, lack of proper management or improper grass growth. Maybe the homeowner prefers a hard surface and wants to install tile, brick or natural stone that is easier to maintain as compared to grass. Whatever the reason, there are organic and inorganic ways of killing lawn grass. Use organic grass removal methods if you have children or pets.

Step 1

Mow your lawn grass as short as possible. Use your own manual or powered lawn mower, or rent one from your local rental company.

Step 2

Lightly wet your lawn grass so newspapers adhere to the top better. Use a garden hose at medium setting, or run sprinklers to moisten the grass lightly.

Step 3

Spread a bundle (10 to 12 sheets) of newspapers over the selected area. Allow each bundle to overlap adjacent ones by 3 or 4 inches, to ensure the grass beneath gets no access to sunlight or air.

Step 4

Weigh the newspapers down with mulch. Spread a 2- or 3-inch thick layer of mulch to hold newspapers down and prevent them from shifting due to heavy rains or strong winds. Newspapers smother the grass and eventually kill it in three to four weeks due to lack of contact with air, water and sunlight.

Step 5

Apply broad-spectrum glyphosate herbicide to kill unwanted lawn grass quickly, especially if you have children or pets. Wear gloves and mix the grass killer with a bucket of water according to label instructions.

Step 6

Pour the diluted mixture in a pump sprayer. Wear your face mask and begin spraying over the lawn. Start from one side, walking slowly to ensure you spray over the entire area. Grass tissues absorb the chemical herbicide and prevent it from producing amino acids essential for its growth and life, thus killing it in two to three weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not remove newspapers once the grass dies, because they biodegrade in the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Garden hose
  • Newspapers
  • Mulch
  • Herbicide
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Pump sprayer
  • Face mask


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