Turf on or off?
alistair young Posts: 9
Hi this is my first post here.. I'm looking for someone to add imput into the subject of dig or no dig. I myself was going more no dig but then it came to a new house with vitually no beds so I had to make my mind up whether to dig up the lawn or leave it down. In the end was persuaded to take turf off my large front lawn instead of doing the Charles Dowding (borrowed) method and covering the grass with cardboard and putting soil on top.
Normally, you'd need some kind of edging to retain the soil too, and presumably you're putting paths in or similar, or are you having grass paths?
There's no reason why you can't plant on top, but you run the risk of grass coming through, unless the beds are deep enough, in which case, you'd definitely need edging of some kind, or it'll all collapse in together.
If you can post a few photos, that will help with suggestions.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
A lot of the commercial no-dig producers dropped edged beds for compost laid straight on the the ground with wood chip paths. Cardboard can be placed underneath to suppress weeds.
The system is crazy productive and also very 'clean' in terms of weeds.
Some of the names using the system that people can check out
I really like Richard, so one of his vids
In answer to removing the turf, no need to. Check out Charles Dowding on YouTube.
To date I've mostly been a traditionalist, but next year trialing no dig on this system on an old front lawn. Cardboard down, compost down, wood chips down, grow.
Confused of Essex.