Below are photos of our sheet mulching project on Carlson Blvd, Richmond Annex!










Located between San Pablo Avenue/El Cerrito to the east, Carlson Boulevard is the main thoroughfare through what is referred to as the the annex, connecting downtown Richmond with downtown El Cerrito.

Some sheet mulching basics if you want to try yourself:

It is great for very weedy areas.  Sheet mulching helps soil hold moisture and does not require digging the soil.

Trim any plants close to the ground.  If your soil is heavily compacted, poke holes every foot or so to a depth of 6-12 inches.


Soak the area well with a garden hose.

Add a layer of grass clippings, manure or compost  just to about 1 inch.

Add sheet mulching – this can be a layer of newspaper or corrugated cardboard overlapping sheets by a minimum of 6 inches.  Layers ensure that weeds or grass will not grow through.










Next, add a 1 inch layer of green materials; straw, leaves, tiny branches and soak thoroughly.  Adding another layer of compost will ensure you are introducing enough beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microbes into the sheet mulch.  These beneficial bacteria are what will restore the health of your soil.










A note about the materials we used – corrugated cardboard.

The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency has started a program called “Lawns be Gone!”    This program provides rebates to customers with specific criteria to replace lawns with drought resistant landscapes.  In order to be eligible, one must be a customer in a participating agency.  These agencies include:

Alameda County

California Water Service Company

City of San Bruno

and more.  See this link for complete listing of participating districts:

The program includes clearly stated terms and conditions that specify the type of landscape replacement to lawns is acceptable.  Additionally there is a wealth of resources for courses on drought resistant planting, mulching; as well as data on invasive plants.  This link explains the process and has details on resources for more information:

Rebates will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.  They are based on the number of square feet of turf replaced.  The program is effective through June 30, 2011