food not lawns

Trying to convert your lawn to a sustainable garden?  Grass removal is made easier by a hazel hoe or this handy little number called the Green Grubber, available at Pacforest in Springfield, which was recommended on a forum on the Friendly Neighborhood Farmer’s social networking site.

Note that the root-running bent grass that is creeping all over Friendly won’t be stopped by a scalping, since little pieces of the root regenerate like those broomsticks in Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  But you can try.  I recommend scalping followed by cardboard and sheet mulching, then eternal vigilance.

2 thoughts on “food not lawns

  1. Lelo 14 April 2009 / 7:55 am

    I’m all about the layering of cardboard, newspaper and mulch. It’s how we’ve built our whole garden. The irony is working so hard to remove grass while the neighbor is diligently applying chemicals, mowing, edging and blowing the whole time.


  2. baltimoregon 16 April 2009 / 11:29 pm

    Great looking tool! I had no idea grass was so hard to lift until we tried to dig it up for fruit trees. I hate the stuff!


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