Yes. I learned about this method during my Capstone at Portland State University during one of our weekly sessions at the Learning Gardens Laboratory. Let’s take a small area, like the side of a garage for starters.
Acquire enough free dirt to line your garage 1 1/2′ wide and then however long your garage is.
In September, line the entire area with cardboard, brown paper, or newspaper. Ensure no grass is showing. Take off all tape.
Cover the area with your free dirt.
In a few weeks, the ground should be soft enough to dig freely and you will be ready to begin transplanting.