|yep, that's corn.|
Covered the entire yard in thick mil black plastic held down with bricks and rocks. We left it covered for an entire year. The neighbors had lots of questions. Our yard became a landmark of sorts. "we live just north of the house with the black plastic yard..."
|wish I had a pic of the black plastic|
This summer I finally began digging in paths and now we have another layer of good hummusy mulch on top. It is ready for spring planting! So far, the only bermuda grass is what is creeping in from the edges. I'll just have to stay on top of pulling it out, but its better than a whole yard of it and no chemicals or pesticides were used.
I didn't go by the books on this one. We could have used something other than just manure to layer the soil and add nutrients, but I just didn't take the time to track down other resources. (see books on no-till gardening). Instead, I used what was easy and available at the time. I also let the weeds growing out of the top layer of manure get pretty out of control a couple times this summer until I finally pulled them out, dug in my paths and brought in the mulch. Working full time has forced me to let go of doing everything just right, and most of the time, I'd rather be sitting on my porch having a beer and playing my banjo. Now that there is mulch, which means no weeds, I should have plenty of time to do just that.
There is no sign of bermuda roots anywhere which I hope means that they have composted and been eaten by worms. I guess we'll see over the next year if it really did work.