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.