The Goal (from Michael Phillips' The Holistic Orchard - http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_holistic_orchard:paperback)
Suppress what's growing.
Start to build fertility.
Semi-decomposed leaves, grass, and plant waste.
Straw instead of grass clippings.
Trees with ramial wood chips covering grass, straw, or mature compost. Note the pea gravel around the tree in the lower right.
Charles the Woofer making the first planting - everbearing strawberries.
If you don't cut it, they will come - oxeye daisies
Bird's-Foot Trefoil in the foreground and Oxeye Daisy in the background.
Note the band of darker grass at the edge of the wood chips. The effect of the material under the wood chips???