Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

making way for native plants and edible plants

BEFORE

IN PROGRESS 

FRONT BEDS

WALKWAY

WE REMOVED 3 TRUCKLOADS OF SOD

SOD REMOVED!
Saturday we rented a sod cutter to remove lawn to make way for garden beds. We had never used a sod cutter before, in the past we have always sheet mulched (Lasagna Gardening 101).

We chose to remove the lawn this time due to both the volume and our timeline. In the past we have started soil building and mulch projects in the fall, but we were not able to do so under the relocation timeline last year.

The sod cutter worked beautifully and quickly. We cut the lawn into strips and then used a shovel to divide each strip into manageable pieces.

A sod cutter was used to cut lawn into strips and roll

Each strip was cut into manageable pieces for rolling and moving.

We used the sod cutter to remove entire areas as well as define new beds and walkways.