Last August, while doing a little re-design of my back garden, I decided to put into action the principals of lasagne gardening, first mentioned here.
The idea is that if you don't want to dig up tons of lawn area, but want some new planting areas, you can layer up cardboard, newspaper, topsoil, mulch, etc directly on top of the grass - and over the course of a few months, this will all rot down and bingo - one new flowerbed.
So, underneath this swathe of bark, is a specific large semi-circle of lasagne'd grass.
The waiting has been killing me. I cannot help but sneak a peek.
Push back the bark and soil .....
Little prayer to the rotting garden gods ... newspaper and cardboard - please be gone, please have rotted away .....
Bugger - there it is, covered with a nice layer of frozen soil.
Scrape back a little more..... D'oh! Grass. Damn!
The proviso is that all this will occur in "normal" climate.
Alberta - hmmmm - mistake number one? A couple of sunny Spring-like days is not quite sufficient to set the composting fairies to work.
OK - so this lasagne needs to cook a bit longer methinks. Will check back again in May.