Smothering grass

Smothering grass

I'm in the process of smothering grass with black plastic to clear space for my garden. It's an isolated patch of grass so once it's dead I shouldn't have to worry about it creeping back in from elsewhere. My initial plan was to cover it for about 3-4 weeks (it's been two weeks by now) then bring in a little dirt to suppliment the existing soil, then cover it in wood chips (free from the county). The form for the wood chips made it sound like it would be a while before they showed up, so I sent the form off. Well the massive pile of wood chips showed up on Monday. Oops. Most of it I was going to use on the rest of the yard anyway, but I was wondering how to handle the garden area.

Should I go ahead and remove the plastic and put down the dirt and several inches of mulch, thereby taking care of most of the hard labor this weekend and hopefully killing the grass with the other materials? Or should I hold off and make sure the grass is well and truly dead before I put anything on top of it so I won't constantly have grass trying to grow up in my garden?

I'm in zone 8b and I think the grass is St. Augustine.


Succulents to the left of me, succulents to the right!

Succulents to the left of me, succulents to the right!

Couple Questions…

Couple Questions…

Out in the Garden

Out in the Garden

transplanted from my compost pile…

transplanted from my compost pile…

yet another mystery plant

yet another mystery plant

What do I have here?

What do I have here?