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Replacing a Lawn? Don’t Dig—Smother

If converting turfgrass to groundcover, there’s no need to rip it out or kill it with herbicide. Just mow as low as possible in fall, and cover the area with cardboard followed by a thick, 8-inch layer of mulch (free from many public-works departments). In spring, pull back areas of remaining mulch as needed to reveal soil ready for planting. The leftover blanket of mulch will help keep moisture in and weeds out.
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