|The edge of the grass we wanted to keep was chiseled out with an edger to form a small trench, into which the bags were tucked.|
Let's say you have too much grass. Want to get rid of it and create a nice planting area? Don't dig up the grass....nature put too many goodies in there to discard! Just paper over, with handy Trader Joe bags (or newspaper, or cardboard, also work well), spray with a bit of water to get 'em nice and soggy, and then cover with bark mulch or any other organic material.
|Once you get the paper bags in place, spray with water and top dress with mulch, and they will stay in place (try not to step on them too much for the first couple of weeks).|
Here is a larger view of the more of the planting area created in the last couple of days. All of the mulched area (reddish brown in color, as our local mulch here in the Willamette Valley is a deliciously aromatic mix of chopped Douglas Fir wood) has been treated in this way and was previously lawn area....very tedious to mow.
|There is quite a slope to this section, which made mowing downright treacherous...a terrace will go in to provide easy planting and maintenance, as well as a small rocky path to climb the slope.|
And now, Oh, the possiblities! The summer will be spent designing the planting for this new area and in the Fall when the rains begin again to provide water to the new plants, the digging will begin. What fun!