Jay Angler wrote:What you do is partly based on what you want the area to look like/be planted with in the long term.
My first comment: plant any cheap seeds (grocery store dried beans for example) that will give you biomass to chop and drop. Anything's better than nothing!
Jonathan Baldwerm wrote:As per recommendations, I ripped up the most afflicted area of landscaping fabric. It was amazing how many roots were in the 4 inches of organic matter above the fabric, and how dead and lifeless things looked below it. It's also incredibly compacted below, maybe some of the most compacted clay I've seen.