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Permanently Removing Bermuda

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We want to permanently remove some Bermuda grass from our backyard, to create a gravel path. What is the best way to do this, without using chemicals? Dig it out at the root? (I think the roots are 3 feet down)

We plan to use a machine to remove the top layer of grass and then put down a good quality landscaping fabric.

We have two corner trees that get watered with bubblers, so the water needs to be able to drain away.

Any tips would be appreciated. I often see neighbors painfully pulling up weeds in their gravel. They spray weed killer, which only turns the weeds brown, so they still have to pluck them up.

I understand that even when you remove the Bermuda, birds will drop seeds so we will have to deal with that at some point . But just want to avoid lots of growth to begin with.

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