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can I use thatch and dead weeds to mulch my new garden beds?

I need to clear some grass to create some new garden beds. And I'm wondering if I can do it by mowing or chopping down some dead weeds, and raking them up, along with a bunch of thatch. And using that as a mulch to smother the grass. I have about 5000 square feet of grass to deal with, and I don't have a large budget. So I'm hoping to use what I have. And I also want to be careful about what I import into the garden. So I'd rather use something that's already there. And I'm thinking I could use a hay fork to fluff it occasionally, if it needs some aeration. Would this work?

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