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Old 06-05-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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Location: Lower Pioneer Valley

Waiting till late summer to smoother seems to be the best time as it is still fairly warm out and the grass will be mostly dormant if you have cool season turf grass (Kentucky Bluegrass/Fescue).

Smoothering effectively removes the need to kill beforehand if done correctly. Any light that gets through can cause it to grow through so good coverage is important.

Cardboard/paper creates a barrier for air/light/water and breaks down over a period of time after the grass has died back due to heat and lack of light. Plastic would need to be removed at some time.

I have been playing with planting right into the grass and using a sickle to keep it maintained in height, but this is not socially acceptable I think, since it can look a little weird and weedy.
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