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Mr. Bananas
Kill all vegetation in backyard

I'm new to North NJ and one thing I am not enjoying is the jungle that is my backyard. Likely due to the abundance of rain, grass, ivy, and saplings grow very quickly here. Also, I have a groundhog living in my backyard perhaps due to all the vegetation.

So, I'd like to kill just about everything back there. What is the best way to do this? Road salt? 50-50 bleach and water?

Thanks

ordjen
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

Try one of the general vegetation killers such as Round Up. It will zap just about everything. There are new versions which will also then prevent any latent seeds from germinating for up to a year. Of course, if you plant anything from seed, it will also not germinate, but if you are laying soor planting established plants, it would not affect them.

I had a disaster of a rear lawn when I moved into my new house. I zapped it with Round Up, waited a couple weeks for the "lawn" to die, then rototilled it under and laid new sod on top. Worked great!

ed21
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

What do you plan to do after everything is killed? Even a small yard requires constant maintenence during the growing season

dj1
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

Rent a goat. Or two.

function
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

Vinegar or salt may do the trick

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

Salt can pollute the soil for a very long time.

Roundup is the way to go. Once it binds to a soil particle it becomes inert. There are no long term ill effects from roundup. If there were the US wouldn't be able to grow crops for the last 20 years.

function
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Salt can pollute the soil for a very long time.

He didn't say he wanted to grow anything again

Fencepost
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

An herbicide containing Glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp) will certainly kill most of the vegetation, but I'm afraid it won't do much for your groundhog. For that, you'll either need to get a trap or a Ruger 10/22 .22 caliber rifle.

If you live within city limits, you may not be permitted to fire a Ruger 10/22, and your neighborhood layout may not allow you a safe direction to shoot, but it sure would be fun for perforating cans out in the woods.

If you're not familiar with firearms, I highly recommend participating in a firearms safety course before using one. Like any tool, they can be dangerous when used improperly.

dj1
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

Groundhogs and woodchucks are not the quickest and strongest animals - you can wait for them with a shovel in you hand, hit them when they show up, and most likely kill them with a direct hit.

But nothing beats a 22, if you can use it.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

A Jack Russell Terrier or two will make short work of the rodents too.

Quite legal and no background check needed.

Mr. Bananas
Re: Kill all vegetation in backyard

Thanks for the advice regrading the weeds.

I dont want to grow anything back there again but you guys are right, there is nothing permanent and maintenance will still be required. I don't think you guys in Houston get this kind of vegetation. I lived in Austin last year and it was dry as .... In North NJ, I've seen sporadic rain through the summer and into fall (we jut had a thunderstorm yesterday).

I also don't want to buy Roundup. The vinegar idea sounds interesting and I'm probably going to use this method along with road salt:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRS6H2wE6ME

And the groundhog isn't a big problem just yet. I will not be using my 9x18 Makarov on the little guy - I will likely get a humane trap and set him free along the river.

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