removing our lawn- critique our technique
We removed our lawn this weekend, with the aim of getting ready to plant a xeriscaped front yard with natives and low-water plants from similar climates.
We used a sod cutter and shovels to manually remove our very matted, dry grass (the typical St. Augustine, crab grass, Bermuda mix). Most of it came up very easily and beneath, we have very friable soil-- almost volcanic, but not rocky, just crumbly dirt-- mixed with old leaf debris from the Chinese Elms that line our street-- we get a lot of wind blowing into our yard.
We watered the dirt and laid black plastic sheeting down and anchored it with bricks and rocks. We plan to leave it on for the remainder of August and September, perhaps into the first week of October.
We're formulating our landscaping plan right now, studying up on natives and mulches, and drip irrigation systems.
The two "highlights" of our yard will be a young blue palo verde on the south / west side of the yard that we planted this spring, and a western redbud on the north /west side of the front yard.
I'm very hopeful that our grass killing works because we are doing this ourselves, we do not have the budget for prof landscaping!
Thank you for any advice, critiques or encouragement!