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Covering Lawn With Clear Tarp?

Does anyone know why someone would cover their lawn with clear tarp? They started off with a smaller tarp, as you can see where the lawn is brown then they extended it. Are they trying to grow some fungus under there or something else? I asked the owner, politely, and was waved off with "no English".
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Trap moisture to grow shrooms? Since weed will be legal soon, the market for MMs will skyrocket and I'm guessing this is Markham or Richmond Hill. Site locations for many grow ops.
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In Scarb, the owners are seniors. I doubt grow op.
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Maybe trying to kill the grass and any weed seeds off so they can put in a garden? Not sure about doing it on the boulevard though. I think in most areas that is not allowed.
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Also this is a standard technique for killing off weeds that can't go dormant to survive the high trapped heat like the grass. It also cooks their seeds in the soil.
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I don't think they're trying to "fix" the grass or kill weeds. They started with a smaller tarp and when that grass turned brown they extended it, where the grass is green under the tarp, in the pic. The grass looked fine before they put the tarp on, no excess weeds. I think the "killing the grass and weeds seeds to put in a garden" makes the most sense. The area looks like it would be a future garden. I guess I'll find out in the next few weeks.
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We are doing similar process...trying to kill all the weeds to start working on new landscaping.
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that should be reported to city, not allowed
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Grow op for sure. Seniors need herbs. If you believe that it's a garden, it isn't allowed on city property iirc.
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^ Yes, if they are obligated to mow and otherwise maintain the city's boulevard, maybe they just want to burn it off so no mowing required.

It will regrow eventually next spring. I doubt they are planning anything else to grow there.

OTOH, if the city routinely mows that boulevard, they might want to have a word with those seniors.

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