“One of those plants that requires drastic measures.”

“One of those plants that requires drastic measures.”

For gardeners who want to plant a yard of native plants, the first step usually involves removing the existing turf. As one Redditor described, the process can be labor-intensive — especially when faced with a particular type of grass.

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"I recommend more layers of cardboard and more overlap between the sheets."
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Using the plant identification app PictureThis, the user identified Bermuda grass in his garden. One commented: “Bermuda is one of those plants that requires drastic measures to be completely eradicated.”

“My fellow Bermuda grass survivor is here,” another wrote. “(The amount of work required depends) on how much Bermuda is present, although any is considered too much.”

The original poster had gone to the r/NativePlantGardening subreddit months earlier, asking for advice on planting a native ground cover. “I’m really intrigued by the posts I’ve seen that lead to beautiful meadows (with) a range of different species,” they wrote.

They’re not alone in this feeling either. The movement toward rewilding yards is gaining popularity. A non-grass yard provides multiple benefits to humans, animals, and the environment. Native plants require less water – and with no need to mow and no water bills, the cost of maintaining an established “wild yard” is virtually nil. Restored yards also create a healthy environment for native pollinators, which in turn supports entire food chains and ecosystems.

There are many ways to switch to natural grass, including wildflower gardens and growing plants without irrigation, but this user chose something called mulching. This technique — nicknamed “lasagna gardening” — involves laying layers of cardboard and mulch over existing grass in order to smother the grass and prepare the soil for new plantings.

According to Fine Gardening, mulching is like “mulch on steroids…it does all the things regular mulch does, but more effectively.” The cardboard and mulch gradually decompose and create healthy, nutrient-rich soil.

However, as desirable as the results are, the process can be tedious. When one Redditor began his paneling journey, commenters got plenty of practical advice and encouragement.

“I recommend more layers of cardboard and more overlap between the sheets. “Just my experience – I had a bunch of grass growing right through the cardboard until I started using more,” one person commented.

The last update to the poster showed a solid layer of overlapping cardboard, ready for the mulch layer. One commenter had words of encouragement: “Depending on what you choose, you can grow all the flowering types (only) after a year or two.”

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