Hello All! We have been "lookers" (read, "stalkers") here for a long time, reading through forum posts helpful to our crazy natural building journey. But now, we've run into a problem for which we can find no information- natural, conventional or otherwise. Without going into WHY our building site had time to be invaded, the point is, our building site, which once upon a time (last spring) was all nice and level and free of any organic matter, was ruthlessly invaded by the bane of my existence: bermuda grass. We covered it with very large billboard vinyl, black side up, hoping to kill it (ha!) and succeeded only a little over the winter at which time it goes dormant anyway. So, here we are, fixin' to actually start building, and I (if not we) am freaking out with vague visions of bermuda pushing its ugly head right up through my lovingly tamped earthen floor next spring. Here's the current plan: My husband (the other half of "we") got a large amount of construction geotextile from a site he was working at (it's the really thick stuff used under parking lots and the like). We plan to scalp the nasty grass as close as possible, rake up the debris, cover the whole pad with the geotextile, then lay our gravel capillary break layer over that. In the meantime, it's worth noting that this will all be under a roof, thereby starving the wretched stuff of sunlight as well as rain, fresh air, and friendly conversation with any and all other plant life (insert evil laugh). My question is this: does anyone have any insight/advice/confirmation of our current plan that could possibly remove this topic from my brain's "nightmare material" file?
Blessings to you!
Zee (a newbie here, but super thankful for all your previous conversations on which I have eavesdropped...thank you)
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