Lose a Lawn, Gain a Garden

October 29, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

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Sheet mulching in action.

By Paul Lee Cannon

Ready to rid your yard of that water-greedy lawn and transform it into something much more vibrant and eco-friendly? Then consider the easy practice of sheet mulching – layering cardboard and mulch right on top of the grass. Sheet mulching has become increasingly popular in the West because there’s no need for chemicals to kill the grass, no need to break your back digging up and removing the lawn, and you can plant a sustainable garden right into the mulch layers.

Wanna see how it’s done and even try your hand at it? This Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., StopWaste.org will host a “Lawn Conversion Party.” Join Bay-Friendly-certified garden designer, Jennifer Smith; Evergreen Nursery staff; Bay-Friendly educators; and a small army of avid home gardeners in the friendly takeover of a San Leandro, Calif. residential garden. You’ll all get down and dirty together, sheet mulching one lucky homeowner’s lawn and replacing it with a harmonious panoply of drought-tolerant trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

When all is done and planted, stick around for a demo on installing irrigation. Stick around even longer to be entered into a drawing for free sheet-mulch packages and other garden goodies.

Interested? Please register so the party planners know how many tools to bring and how much tasty seasonal snacks to serve.

For more information on how to sheet mulch or to see the design of the garden to be transformed, click here.

StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County (Calif.) Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency.


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  2. Berdj Rassam

    Sounds like an interesting idea.

    November 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm
  3. Paul Lee Cannon

    deliciousdaydreams, thank you for your comment, and way to grow with the edibles!

    October 31, 2013 at 8:49 am
  4. deliciousdaydreams

    A lawn is a water hog, and mine is always losing square footage due to edible gardens! Great post amd the event sounds awesome!

    October 30, 2013 at 9:17 am

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