Mike Haasl wrote:Thanks everyone! I think getting enough newspaper would be nearly as hard as the cardboard, unfortunately.
For the sod cutter, I was hoping to scalp off as little top soil as possible. Could I get away with just removing an inch? Would that get all the grass crowns or do I need to go deeper?
Mike Haasl wrote:
Hester, one suggestion from a fellow gardener was to leave grass in the paths and dig a trench to keep the grass from getting into the beds. Apparently a 3 to 4" deep straight sided trench will keep the grass from going past it. Like a moat of air.
Mike Haasl wrote:Thanks John, I do have the offer of a tractor with a tiller. I'm worried that, based on personal experience, the tiller will cut the sod into a bajillion pieces and then some fraction of those pieces will be close enough to the surface to return to life. Then all my new gardeners will have to stay on top of plucking the chunks of sod before they get re-established. On my own large garden we "harvested" a couple wheelbarrows full of small sod pieces. I'm not sure I want to rely on new gardeners to stay on top of that task.
But it would keep all the soil and fertility on the plots so it's definitely an option...