I think I’m on to something, but I have no idea what day it is in the forest garden. My war on grass is evolving, though.
My first try was a bust and a lot of work. My second try works, but it’s not a long term solution. The tarp is totally effective to yellow and maybe kill the top growth of the Bermuda grass. I left the grass area covered for about week. The grass was completely yellow, so I moved on. Just after a few days, the grass grows right back from the roots where it was previously tarped.
So this time, instead of moving the tarp to the new spot, I removed the tarp, added a generous layer of straw, and covered the same spot back up. I’m hoping this will build the soil and hopefully, the grass with become the soil’s food. I listened to a TPS show on soil building that suggested this idea.
I’m hopeful. The bed behind this one has more grass in it, and it’s next!
credits & resources: photo by Jamie at FOREST MARKET GARDEN // TPS Episode 1388