as part of a garden re-design I need to remove a large-ish section of grass. It's not massive, but it's not small. I started by "hand" with a rake and a hoe, but it is really taking ages.
I was thinking of the following idea: smother the whole area with cardboard/newspaper and cover with a fine layer of topsoil (to avoid the ugliness). Can also just cover with bark which is the long term goal anyway?. Will this take care of it? And will I be able to plant right away some plants if I punch holes in the newspaper layer?
The idea was to replace that grass section with a shrub border.