After an inspiring visit to Christophers garden, we have decided to edge the perimeter of our garden which will end up enclosing our raised vegetable gardens and most of our fruit trees.
There is quite a bit of grass, of all different types which I need to get rid of. So far I have thought of a couple of options, however I want to be able to use the ground as soon as possible - preferably immediately!
1. Get a machine (no idea what it would be called so if you know please enlighten me), that will actually cut about 3-4 inches into the ground so that I end up with 'sods' of grass and a clean, grass free finish that I can manure/ compost then cover with a big round of cane mulch.
2. Keep all newspapers/ cardboard and wet down and cover with cane mulch. We have tried this with our existing raised beds but it does take awhile to break down and as we will not be putting much dirt over may not work very well and the grass could grow through - also we are talking about a very large area so will have trouble collecting enough paper.
3. Scarlett mentioned a specific type of wood chips, think they were just 'new' so they killed all the grass. Not sure about cost and/ or time frame to use the dirt.
4. Manually dig out all the grass, while this is obviously the best option it will take forever (and probably not get done properly anyway) and I really don't want to - would much prefer to cheat.
At this point I am strongly leaning towards hiring a machine and taking a long weekend to get this achieved. It would mean that I could plant out almost immediatly and it would be pretty lush within a short time frame. Also the fruit trees that are currently fighting for air with all the grass would get a breather that much sooner.