So I’ve got about a half football field size portion of my back yard that has been a problem area for years. It is directly below a electrical wire (about 50 ft) so it has been allowed to grow and then cut back, burned, sprayed, etc over the years to keep the growth down. The entire area was burned I want to say more than 5 years ago, and 2 years ago it was cut down to the ground with a bob cat, so we’re looking at roughly 2 years of growth now. This year I’ve decided to finally tackle it so I can start converting this area into a garden.
I’ve been doing this manually, since I don’t want to further contaminate the soil with herbicides, and I’d rather not burn it. A lot annual weeds like ragweed, some wildflowers, grasses, pokeweed but there’s also a lot of vine honeysuckle, Amur bush honeysuckle, and poison ivy. I am trying to get as much as possible done before the ivy leafs out, because I’m extremely allergic. im essentially chopping and dropping everything that is currently growing here, I’m also spreading a lot of seeds in the process, so thinking that sheet mulching with a few thick layers of cardboard will be the next step after I get everything leveled.
I already know these weeds won’t die easily, so I’m wondering if anyone could advise me on the next steps, should I plant something immediately, since I won’t be using herbicides, to try to compete with the vines? Should I pile the whole area as tall as possible with mulch and compost and just start planting on top? Should I attempt to keep it clear for a season and plant in the fall? Anyone else convert a large overgrown area like this into usable garden space before?
I will add a couple pics of the area in summer time as well as now.