How to Switch From Lawn to Xeriscape?
I was wondering if anyone has advice for eliminating my lawn so that I can use it for gardening. I live in Sandia Park and I have two rectangular lawn patches in a low raised bed type of environment, maybe 300 SF each on the northeast side of the house. The grass has been slowly dying over two years since we have not been watering it. It looks like dried out very short hay right now- may be completely dead. I once read a suggestion for putting down newspaper on top of grass and watering it regularly to kill the grass and soften the dirt. Would that work in this situation? How much newspaper? It would be nice to accomplish the task quickly, but if that would take too much labor right now, I can wait until next spring for prepared soil. Any other suggestions that might help in preparing the areas? I'd like to plant drought tolerant perennials. TIA!