How Do You Pull Grass for Desert Landscape?

How Do You Pull Grass for Desert Landscape

If you want to pull your grass for the desert landscape, then it is a great idea. There are several ways to achieve the process, some are easy, which requires fewer efforts, and some require more effort.

All the methods have their pros and cons, but you should choose the best method.

Let us look at some of the techniques, which have been listed below.


This one is a quick method with effective results. You can use a spade or fork to remove the grass. If the grass is in good condition, it will get pulled off easily.

After a few days, water the area so that the soil becomes softer. It should have enough moisture and should not be soggy.

The next step is to inspect the landscape. Once the grass is removed, you need to destroy the pests such as larvae. Remove the rocks, uneven roots, and clumps.

A drawback of removing the grass is a significant loss of organic materials, which is used to improve the health of the soil. But no need be worried because it can be restored in the form of compost and aged manure.


This is a type of machine which helps you in the removal of grass. Small tillers have the potential to remove grass smoothly. Though extra efforts are needed, it’s worth it. After using the tiller, remove and shake the complete soil to ensure no clumps of grass.

The add-on advantage of tilling is that it causes no harm to the landscape because the organic matter is smartly retained by turning the grass under. If you wish to add extra organic matter, then you can use the technique of forking, manure, clippings to the grass, and placing leaf mold on the grass before tilling.


This is the easiest process to remove grass using newspaper, cardboard, and plastic material. The time duration depends on the material you have used.

If the plastic is being used, it will increase the temperature drastically, and also, the lack of sunlight will kill the grass. Though it can lead to damage of beneficial organisms. Plastic can be used to cover to give an aesthetic look, but the problem is that it isn’t biodegradable.

If you are using a newspaper or cardboard, then lay it on the grass and cover the bio-degradable materials using compost or leaf mold. Lay down newspaper sheets, avoid colorful papers. AN increase in temperature is not caused by newspaper and cardboard, but they can help break down the chlorophyll.

Use Herbicides

This is a process in which grass is killed quickly, but herbicides can be dangerous sometimes because it is quite unclear what they do in soil.

So, choose the herbicide product wisely and follow clear instructions which are mentioned on the label. Herbicides also save the labor cost. They also not good for the long term because it contaminates soil and water. Buy the one that is specially used only to kill grass and always check the expiration date. Follow the safety and recommendations safely.

Tips for Pulling Grass

  • Make sure that you pull off the grass along with its roots.
  • Make sure that the ground is moist enough.
  • It is easier to cut when they are small.
  • They come out more easily when the soil is moist.
  • Choose the right product for the elimination of grass safely.


Many methods for grass pulling have been mentioned above. We hope that you are now all set to pull the grass for your desert landscaping ideas. An individual should have to know the proper skills and techniques to pull off the grass safely.

There are several natural ways to kill the grass, and also, there are several artificial ways. Over time it has become easier to do the process, and almost anyone can do it with minimum efforts and optimum utilization of resources.

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen is the founder of OrganizeWithSandy and Works with Champalimaud Design where she curates and creates fresh ideas for designing and styling your life.

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