I live in Northern California. I have found that Bermuda grass is extremely invasive and am ready to give up the lawn. We want to move to a native plant garden instead. I have been reading about Bermuda grass and the fact that the roots go down many inches. And that even just a small piece can regenerate and start invading again.
In looking on line many people suggest round up and multiple applications of it. I would prefer not to use round up as there are several people in the area raising bees in the area and there is some evidence that round up may impact insects in a negative way.
I visited a Master Gardener, trained by University of California at Berkeley. She suggested robbing the Bermuda grass of light for several months. She said to put down layers of newspaper (10 or so sheets thick) or use cardboard. Then top with several inches of compost and then repeat. She thought this approach would kill the Bermuda grass. She said to cut through the cardboard or newspaper when I go to plant in the spring.
Has anyone actually used this method successfully? In this area there are underground termites. Will the cardboard or newspaper attract them to my yard and house? Is this the best way to kill the Bermuda grass under these circumstances?