- Oct 8, 2017
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- Birmingham, AL USA
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What I do is chop out squares, a spade width wide each way. lift them, and drop them back in the ground upside down and chop off any green bits showing round the edge, making sure they get well buried. Then I leave them until next Spring, winter weather breaks down that hard deeper earth and when I dig it over I find a layer of rotted grass underneath that I mix in.
It takes a while, but patience and letting the weather break things up for you saves a lot of work.
@Oliver Buckle the weather here was so perfect today you could barely feel the air. I actually had to look at our back deck thermometer and it was almost 72f in the shade. While we have cold weeks, mostly everything, well something, is growing. The fescues and winter weeds can be amazing. Poa annua and others have long since made there start for spring. To tease them up and churn their soil might just make them hungry. Or hungrier, as their case may be. Of course when the seeds blow it won't matter much anyway.