|Anne in her sheet-mulched garden.|
Photo: Lori Eanes.
Could the drought have an upside? For hundreds of East Bay residents who have made the leap into losing their lawns, it has meant not only liberation from the battle between green grass and green living, but also the opportunity to put their personal style into a low-maintenance garden—as well as to earn a hefty rebate.
The latest gardening trend—sheet mulching—has been the win-win solution for homeowners who have been paralyzed with the thought of digging out and hauling away hundreds of square feet of heavy sod or using dangerous grass-killing chemicals.
Sheet mulching is a simple technique for eliminating lawn by smothering it with a "lasagna" of recycled, composted, and renewable materials.