Converting your lawn to a nourishing vegetable garden or drought-tolerant landscape can save both water and money. According to the US EPA, the typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water a year. It also contributes to fertilizer and herbicide run-off into our waterways.
Transform your lawn naturally using cardboard, compost and/or mulch and eliminate the waste – and back-breaking labor — of digging up the lawn. Depending on your local water supplier, you may be eligible for a rebate. For step-by-step instructions and video, visit Bay Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition.
In Alameda County, WM EarthCare is an approved provider of compost and mulch for StopWaste’s Lose Your Lawn program.
There are two packages available from a local nursery. The packages include 36” wide cardboard roll made with recycled content and enough compost and/or mulch to cover 200 square feet of lawn.
Plant Today – A layer of cardboard, compost and mulch allows for immediate planting.
Plant Later – A layer of cardboard and mulch kills the lawn before planting.
In Marin County, Novato residents are encouraged to replace their water thirsty lawns with locally produced Homegrown Compost, mulch and cardboard. Visit North Marin Water District to learn about its incentive program.