Sheet mulching, also known as Lasagna Mulching™, is a means of lawn removal by creating weed barriers using organic compost, mulch, and recycled cardboard. By layering these materials appropriately, you can effectively remove your heavy water-consuming lawn and leave behind rich, fortified soil for a new productive gardening space. During these drought conscious times, this method is a great no-dig way to remove your lawn without having to haul any material off to a landfill.The products you will need for a safe and effective sheet mulching include organic Clean Green Compost, organic Unscreened Mulch, and our recycled cardboard.
Clean Green Compost is blended by our sister company, Grab N’ Grow, and is made from clean green waste materials such as grass clippings, leaves, and brushes that landscape contractors and homeowners bring to our yard. Grab N’ Grow only accept clean green waste and all loads are inspected upon arrival in our yard. No municipal or curb-side waste is accepted. Once the materials are inspected, ground, and screened they compost them at a minimum of 131° for at least five days. Clean Green Compost is an important product for sheet mulching because it will condition your soil and break up any clay/adobe compaction that may be present beneath your existing lawn.
Our organic Arbor Mulch, is the next vital ingredient you will need for an effective sheet mulching application. Arbor Mulch is OMRI listed and consists of soft woods such as pine, alder, fir, poplar, redwood, and acacia which are ground into small pieces that include “fines.” This mulch is the perfect solution for moisture retention, weed suppression, and erosion control—all important components for a successful sheet mulching application.
And don’t forget the cardboard! We offer recycle cardboard rolls in the following sizes:
- 3′ X 250′ $71.25
- 4′ X 250′ $95.75
- 6′ X 250′ $142.75
Why is thinking about sheet mulching so important right now? Sure, manicured lawns looks attractive in the summer time and provide a play space for children. However, the problem is that lawns on average use up to 80% more water than low-water use plants or drip-irrigation systems. By removing unproductive, thirsty lawns and reusing the space for a productive vegetable garden or drought-tolerant native plant garden you can conserve our precious water resources AND save money on your next utility bill!
To help make this an even better money and water saving opportunity, the City of Santa Rosa and the City of Sonoma are offering a drought-special rebate program for homeowners and businesses who remove their turf or upgrade to a more efficient irrigation system.
Save money, save water, and optimize your gardening space!
Arbor Mulch is made from tree trimmings and typically consists of pine, alder, fir, poplar, redwood, and acacia trees. These woods are fed into an industrial tub grinder to create usable mulch pieces. Top dress with 2-3 inches of Arbor Mulch for an inexpensive solution for moisture retention, weed control, and erosion. It’s particularly effective in hillside applications with high winds. Arbor Mulch has a natural forest floor appearance and the fines present in the material make it a comfortable, compacted walking surface.
Soil Builders Organic Compost
Soil Builders Organic Compost is made from 100% upcycled composted green waste material. This OMRI listed material is fully composted, screened, and free of any added fertilizers. The green waste material used in Soil Builders Organic Compost is inspected thoroughly upon arrival for any contaminants such as garbage, dirt, plastic, sod, pampas grass, bamboo, manures, or rocks.
You can incorporate Soil Builders Organic Compost into your garden with several methods. Use it as a top dressing (2-3 inches) for all the advantages a mulch provides, such as more constant soil temperature, increased water retention, and weed suppression. If you have sandy soil, use Soil Builder’s as a conditioner by mixing in up to 50% of the tilled depth. This method will provide high humus content that will provide increase the water holding capabilities of your soil. If you have clay soil, follow the same method. Soil Builders Organic Compost high humus content will increase aeration and drainage for clay soils.