Unlike the bed to the left, which I'd covered in cardboard and a thick layer of soil mix last September in order to smother the grass, for this particular bed, we actually had to remove the sod since there wouldn't be enough time for it to break down this spring. It wasn't as intense as I thought it would be since the soil is not as compact this time of year and the grass was like a matted carpet that we easily lifted in small sections with a garden fork. We'll need to add a good amount of organic matter to this bed, but aside from that, it's pretty much good to go. As you can see from this photo, we also removed a section of fencing because we grew sick and tired of having to walk all the way around this fence to access the side door to our barn. Later this year, I intend to install a small informal walkway where the remaining patch of grass lies. For now, I can only imagine what this space will look like once it becomes filled.