I've seen newspaper mentioned as a good way to take care of grass but I'm not sure when it can be used. What's the deal?
For instance, I am thinking of putting rock/gravel over that square piece of nearly dead lawn I have and I am thinking that instead of digging up the dead sod and using landscape fabric (to keep the rock from sinking into dirt) a faster easier route would be newspaper over grass, rock over newspaper. I need to know if that would work and how thick the newspaper has to be.
Second is if I want beds, do I have to dig up the grass or can I just pour a whole bunch of dirt on top (essentially making beds that are higher than the lawn. That would mean I only have to dig a sort of moat (sp?) around the bed to keep the soil and grass apart. Or could I do the newspaper and dirt and what would that do to roots that eventually work their way down.
Real reason here is I am trying to avoid a lot of digging if I can as my back can't take a lot. Moving soil and rocks will kill me as it is unless I can find the handykid who was around this winter.
I got some nice bushes and perennial bulbs at Costco yesterday. It doesn't seem the stuff I bought last year and buried in my trench survived (NUTS!) so I'll need to get some more stuff that will actually be above ground this year (gads I hate starting new gardens...this will be #3 in 4 years and I want something up and growing now (although my surprise tulips are up so that's cool)).