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It might seem like a strange concept but sometimes there is a need to kill areas of grass on our properties. Why? Situations that might call for the killing of a lawn include:

  • Home improvements/additions/extensions
  • To lay paving or plant a garden bed
  • To install a new or more suitable variety of lawn

The quickest and most effective way to get rid of a lawn is to actually dig it out. You can use a spade for smaller areas or hire a Dingo or Bobcat for larger areas. The top 5-10cms of the soil will need to be removed and replaced with clean fill, in line with the next purpose for that area.

Another option is to poison the grass plants with a broad spectrum herbicide. The most commonly used herbicide for this purpose is Glyphosate. This active ingredient is often marketed under names such as Zero or Roundup, but ask for the herbicide by name at your local nursery or lawn care specialist and tell them the purpose you need it for and they will provide you with the choices available.

Depending on the size of the area in need to kill, purchasing a concentrate and a sprayer is often the most cost effective way to use Glyphosate.

Apply the Glyphosate to the entire area you wish to kill, leave it for two weeks and re-apply. The second application will take care of any new leaf growth. After the second two weeks the area should be ready for you to lay pavers. If you are going to be installing a new lawn or planting a garden bed it might be best to wait another week or two to allow the herbicide to dissipate further.


Glyphosate will kill almost all plants that it comes into contact with so do not apply on windy days and beware of overspray.

Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use personal protection gear.

Browse our website to learn more about how to prepare your yard for a new lawn or just contact the team at Daleys Turf.

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