Sometimes it becomes necessary to kill a lawn, most often to replace a poor performing lawn variety with a better lawn type, to put in a new garden bed or even a sand pit. Whatever the reason for killing a lawn, it really is a very simple exercise.
Before beginning killing a lawn we'll need to turn off reticulation to the area and make sure no rain is due for at least several days.
We'll be using a herbicide called Glyphosate as our lawn killer.
Glyphosate is a broad spectrum weed killer which is most commonly known by it's first brand name of Roundup. These days there are many different brands of Glyphosate available and they're all the same. So be sure to shop around to get the best price.
The best way to buy Glyphosate is in concentrated form, the customer can easily get 20 times more herbicide for the same price as pre-mixed, and it also give us the opportunity to double the strength when mixing the herbicide when necessary.
A Spray Bottle will also need to be purchased. A sprayer can be bought for around $15.00 for a 3 litre version.
The Glyphosate will be mixed up with water at double the normal recommended dosage inside the spray bottle.
The lawn is then sprayed - being very careful not to allow any over-spray to drift onto surrounding plants - any plants that come into contact with Glyphosate will die.
People and pets should stay off the sprayed grass for at least a week to prevent any irritation or other adverse reactions from the herbicide.
Leave the lawn for two weeks after spraying. Re-check the lawn after this time, looking for any remaining green grass.
Re-apply the Glyphosate in any areas which still have remaining grass which is still green, and after another two weeks the lawn should be completely dead.