Its not really mind numbing but it is bloody hard work. Isn't the grass too long to sheet mulch. I think its too vigorous as well. I find laying out newspaper hard work too. Actually i like digging with my mattock - and if you read the comments, i'm not the only one . I"ve got a routine going now. I dig in the mornings when its cool - just enough for two to four pineapples or until i'm exhausted. I leave it all day. In the afternoon, i plant the plants, in the morning i put on the leaf mulch - to take advantage of any overnight rainfall. Despite all the rain we've been having, the ground is still quite dry under all that grass. Progress is fast than I thought it would be and as a consequence, i am not afraid of the job. After I finish the pineapples, i'm hoping my shrub cuttings are big enough to plant out. They are going to form the next row behind the pineapples. They are mostly not edible. Observation: I've noticed that since i've begun raking the leaves under the fig tree the grass is starting to grow. It's the good grass, the name of which i can't remember. Maybe it can be nurtured to make a nicer grassy area underneath after all. If i can do this, i might not resent the fig so much, even though its still huge.