Summary: Sheet composting can help get rid of the lawn but it entails feeding a unusal 'monster' to bring about the desired result
I don't know if you've heard of "lasagna gardening", more accurately called sheet composting.
Sheet composting is slower than cutting and moving sod, but it requires much less work, and cardboard mulch in particular may offer special benefits to soil.
Mow low before smothering vegetation with sheet composting.
One is sheet composting
, or layer composting--some even call it lasagna gardening.
isn't as successful with corn stalks, but you can simply knock them down and let them lie where they fall; you'll be able to till them in by spring before you plant.
We use green manure and sheet composting
procedures to improve the soil for bean plantings.
Your method is often used on farms where large-scale composting might not be possible or practical, and is called sheet composting.
With sheet composting you're spreading the wealth over the entire garden, including the paths and walk-ways.
Try sheet composting
now to help build up soil for spring planting.
Sheet composting and using green manures are the primary alternatives to a compost pile for getting vast amounts of organic matter into your garden's soil.
Sheet composting is sometimes confused with mulching.