Step Two: Killing the Grass

Today’s task at the Bournelyf Butterfly Garden location was to lay down heavy landscape fabric over the existing grass. Although this method does not achieve quick results, it is a simple, pesticide free way to eliminate grass from the area in which you want to locate your garden. Our team has allowed sufficient time for the fabric to do its job and still rototill the garden before camp starts.

With Master Gardener Craig Rybinski’s generous donation of the landscape fabric and the staple pins to secure it, our team of five quickly got to work. We laid the fabric out to cover as much of the garden space as possible. Then we used the staples to secure the fabric all around the outside edge of the garden. Thankfully the rain we had the past few days allowed us to get the staples into the ground without too much difficulty. We only had one small area that wasn’t covered in the first step. Once we trimmed the fabric to fit the shape of our garden border, we had enough fabric remaining to finish the job. The final step was to secure the the fabric throughout the garden’s surface, to insure that it remains in place.

Then we placed flags around the border of the garden to alert the folks who handle mowing duty for the property, put up our butterfly stake, and another step in our site prep has been completed!

Barb Rinehart, Gail Warner-Lidondici, Ann and Tom Bare plant the butterfly stake! Thanks also to Ron Lidondici for taking on the picture taking duty today.


About chestercoextbutterfly

I am an apprentice Master Gardener with the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Cooperative Extension Program. My local office is in Chester County. As part of my volunteer activity I am working with a team to develop a Butterfly Garden on the grounds of the  Church of the Loving Shepherd.  We will be using the creation of this garden as an educational program for some of the participants in the Bournelyf Special Camp which, is held every summer. Members of the congregation of the church will be involved as well as in the ongoing maintenance of the garden.The purpose of this blog is to document the project as it develops.
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4 Responses to Step Two: Killing the Grass

  1. Debra Orben says:

    Hi Gail,
    I like the shape and sight for your butterfly garden. Ron’s picture of you and your team is great!

  2. Barbara Rinehart says:

    Our butterfly “flag raising” may not be as momentous as that which occured at Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 but it is no less courageous for new Master Gardeners to take on a project of such momentous proportions. This team rallys every time a task is needed and arrives with new and better ideas along the way. Many thanks to all as this project is officially launched.I can’t wait to see the finished garden in August. Barb

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