More Garden, Less Lawn
by Wendy Gasch, Horticulturist
Late-winter is an excellent time to prepare
for the upcoming gardening season and to get excited about changes
for the year to come.
If, when you're reflecting on your garden,
you begin to remember the hours spent mowing, fertilizing, weeding,
and watering your lawn, and wish that was time spent elsewhere, it's
time to create more bed space by eliminating parts of the lawn.
will not only provide a more interesting garden to show off to friends
and neighbors, it's also an excellent way to save money and reduce
the use of some of the earth's natural resources: water and fuel.
Also, by creating a lower maintenance garden space you're reducing
the need for herbicides and fertilizers, since most perennials and
shrubs don't require either.
So, get out the shovels and sod cutters
and start removing that unwanted lawn. Once the sod is removed, backfill
the area with soil and compost, then top it off with leaf mulch,
which will not only add to the soil's rich composition, but also
keep the weeds down until you're ready to plant.
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