Hi - there has been discussion on how to terminate a cover crop.
I grew buckwheat last fall and just before fall frost in Calgary I sheared it at ground level with garden shears and just left the dropped plants as is. This way I did not disturb the soil. Is this what you are supposed to do to “ terminate” ???
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There is no rule on what to do to terminate a cover crop. The strategy you use is good: chop and drop. That way soil is covered over winter and you're ready to plant or seed the following spring without dealing with a stubborn cover that wants to regrow.