Re: [gardeners] Pinetree (
Fri, 30 Jan 1998 14:16:36 -0500

At 08:51 AM 30-01-98 -0700, you wrote:
>George, during the time I was on OGL, there was a lot of talk about no-till
>gardening.  What they were advocating was covering the lawn with cardboard
>(some said spray Roundup first, others said don't worry, it'll die), tack
>it down, and cover it with 4 to 6 inches of compost.  Let it sit, water it,
>etc., then reach in and plant.  Now you may be in a hurry to plant, so that
>might present problems.  But it is easier than digging up the lawn.

That approach does not work in clay soil.  You can not 'reach in and
plant.'  It's still easier than digging up lawn, though, and is my standard
get-rid-of-lawn method (but with newspapers, no round-up).  I usually put
raised boxes over, at least for a couple of years, then if I choose, get it
tilled.  That way it gets double-dug, sort of.  But I don't do the digging.