We live in southwest missouri - have bermuda grass. I want to start flowerbeds where we now have a lawn. I have read where you can lay down paper and then compost and it will kill the grass in 3 months or so - I do not want to dig the lawn out as these would be large areas. Any suggestions?
You can as the newspaper will rot allowing the moisture to reach the root zone. One note of caution - excess soil on top of roots can damage some types of trees. You should check with your local Agriculture Extension office to see if your tree species will withstand a flowerbed over the roots.