About 2 years ago we used a sod cutter to turn our lawn into a garden and, in the process, created a huge pile of rolled-up sod bundles. We occasionally wondered if the sod cutter was the best decision and, tonight, we learned to not question so much.
Here's that pile 2 years later:
As you can see, the grass leaves, roots and associated soil has composted, without any attention from us, into gardening gold:
Our made-from-junk compost sifter makes short work of separating soil/compost from roots/plants:
Now to our "active" compost pile we go....
We basically throw anything that will decompose onto this pile and leave it alone. The back half has composted into garden platinum, a shovel or two of which went into each wheel barrel of the above.
Mix a bit with a fork and....
...it is ready to go onto a renovated bed (we use a lot of layering to keep the weeds knocked back):
We have a couple dozen beds so guess what we will be doing again soon (but we are grateful to have our Ultra Low Input Compost!). Keeps us out of trouble too!