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Mow No More Death of a Lawnmower  September 10, 2011 A Homeowner’s Journey to Replacing their Lawn
Home, Sweet Home - Before <ul><ul><li>Each week, 54 millon  Americans mow their lawn each week using 800m gallons of gas p...
Getting the ‘Hardscape’ Ready <ul><ul><li>Integrated into our plan was permanable hardscapes, such as paths and walkways a...
‘ Noddles’ of Cardboard <ul><ul><li>Often, Sheet Mulching is called Lasagna Gardening – our ‘noodles’ are made out of card...
Compost Happens … especially when you have a teenager
The ‘Cheese’ on top <ul><ul><li>In Lasagna Gardening the compost is ‘topped’ by a mulch.  We used  ‘Ecomulch  a great loca...
Lots of Cheese <ul><ul><li>Few of the perennial plants made it through the ‘no water’ period’  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
Front Yard on a Shoestring <ul><ul><ul><li>In order to save money we shopped local plant sales: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><u...
 
FILLED WITH… HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES HEIRLOOM PEACH TREE PURPLE SAGE CHIVES, THYME, ROSEMARY SALVIAS GET MORE IDEAS: PLANTS A...
Every Choice Counts www.SustainableDanville.com
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  1. 1. Mow No More Death of a Lawnmower September 10, 2011 A Homeowner’s Journey to Replacing their Lawn
  2. 2. Home, Sweet Home - Before <ul><ul><li>Each week, 54 millon Americans mow their lawn each week using 800m gallons of gas per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EPA states that a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars being driven 12,000 miles per year. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 million pounds of pesticides are used by homeowners each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Heavier applications per acre than most other land areas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30 commonly used lawn pesticides are linked to: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cancer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Detected in ground water </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to leach into drinking water </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Toxic to fish, bees or birds </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>WITH OUR CONSERVATIVE WATER USE, THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID PENALTY FOR NOT REDUCING WATER USE BY 20% WAS TO STOP WATERING LAWN AREA. </li></ul>Replaced this too!
  3. 3. Getting the ‘Hardscape’ Ready <ul><ul><li>Integrated into our plan was permanable hardscapes, such as paths and walkways and a dry creek bed in the back yard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We also included a sitting area covered in crushed gravel. For this we added a recycled plastic barrier underneath to make it a little more durable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concrete pavers were separated by free floating river rock </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. ‘ Noddles’ of Cardboard <ul><ul><li>Often, Sheet Mulching is called Lasagna Gardening – our ‘noodles’ are made out of cardboard appliance boxes which were applied directly onto the remaining mowed grass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since the grass hadn’t been watered for six to nine months – we watered regularly for 3 weeks to ‘wake up’ the organisms before laying the cardboard down. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With the cardboard in place, we gave it a good soaking before adding a 3 inch layer of OMRI rated compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We choose OMRI rated compost because we planned to integrate edibles into the garden </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Compost Happens … especially when you have a teenager
  6. 6. The ‘Cheese’ on top <ul><ul><li>In Lasagna Gardening the compost is ‘topped’ by a mulch. We used ‘Ecomulch a great local company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice the PVC pipes that my husband used to temporary flag the existing sprinkler heads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These were converted to drip irrigation using replacement heads </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Lots of Cheese <ul><ul><li>Few of the perennial plants made it through the ‘no water’ period’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bring on the drought tolerant and native plants! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Front Yard on a Shoestring <ul><ul><ul><li>In order to save money we shopped local plant sales: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Garden at Heather Farm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diablo Valley College </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contra Costa Master Gardeners </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Morningsun Herb Farm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In order to save energy, we planted 4 – 6 inch starts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small size allowed us to plant in compost without cutting cardboard (move the mulch aside) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planted 66 plants in one afternoon </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planted in October 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and one year later… </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. FILLED WITH… HEIRLOOM APPLE TREES HEIRLOOM PEACH TREE PURPLE SAGE CHIVES, THYME, ROSEMARY SALVIAS GET MORE IDEAS: PLANTS AND LANDSCAPES FOR SUMMER-DRY CLIMATES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY REGION , Now a Thriving Garden
  10. 11. Every Choice Counts www.SustainableDanville.com

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