Turning a grassy area in the fall into a new garden bed for the spring, without breaking your back!
|The backyard gets lots of light both in the morning and the afternoon.|
|Hostas burning up in the sun, on either side of the shed.|
|First, I moved the Hostas from the backyard, to the more shaded front yard.|
|Cut the grass down as low as possible or...|
|I opted to remove the grass with a Hula or stirrup hoe.|
|I divided and transplant some sun loving daisies to the area.|
|Next, add about 2" of top soil mixed with manure to the area,|
|and spread out evenly.|
|Repeat on the left side.|
|Cover with several layers of newspaper to block out light and suppress grass and weeds.|
|Cover the newspaper with additional top soil/manure. Add compost and organic materials you have on hand (chopped leaves, kitchen scraps, grass clippings etc.). Water well.|
|I opted to cover the areas with landscape fabric (because of the dogs), but straw, compost, wood chips, or even cardboard will work.|
Come spring, I plan to turn this area into a herb garden!