Has the appearance of the grounds around your home grown old? If so, adding a new garden to the landscape may add a new flourish to your...

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Has the appearance of the grounds around your home grown old? If so, adding a new garden to the landscape may add a new flourish to your household surroundings.

To start a new garden, you’ll need to clear out the planned garden-bed location. Here are the steps to follow:

• Strip and compost the top 2/3 inches of sod or weeds with a spade.

• Remove any deep-rooted weeds, such as dandelion, with a hoe.

• Dig out and remove large rocks. The rocks may be used for walls, borders or walkways.

• Consider an alternative method to removing sod. Cover the new garden area with a plastic tarp, layers of newspapers or cardboard. This will destroy the old grass. Perennial weeds may still survive, however, and require digging out with a hand tool.

Source: National Gardening Association