How do you want to enjoy and use your yard? Functional elements might include wildlife habitat, a relaxation area, screening for privacy or noise reduction, a kids play area, pet friendly space, or others.
Rebates are available from the Santa Clara Valley Water District for converting high water use landscape and/or upgrading inefficient irrigation hardware. A pre-inspection and a written “Notice to Proceed” are required before starting work. For more information, call (408) 265-2554 or visit www.valleywater.org.
Ask if the professional or their staff is qualified by Bay-Friendly, Green Gardener, or other sustainable landscape training programs. Such landscape professionals can be found at www.bayfriendlycoalition.org and www.mywatershedwatch.org
CA law requires a licensed contractor to perform any job costing over $500 for time and materials.
Ask current or past clients about reliability, professionalism, and quality of work.
Ask for addresses where you can see their work firsthand.
Each aspect of work should have its own line item and estimated cost.
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For more information about sustainable gardening, please visit www.bayareaecogardens.org
Sheet mulching is simply laying cardboard or newspaper over an existing lawn and then topping it with layers of compost and woodchip mulch. Sheet mulching saves time and money because plants are easily installed directly into the mulch.
Highly invasive plants such as Bermuda grass, kikuyu, oxalis, and blackberries must be removed before sheet mulching or they will come back up through the cardboard and mulch!
Case studies and easy-to-follow instructions on removing turf with sheet mulching are available at www.loseyourlawn.org.