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.

Yesterday was Richmond’s third annual Economic Summit.  An important event for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, it was an opportunity to learn about the city’s communities, businesses, and some fun facts about its history and geography.

The Summit was broken out into two bus tours of the city – one was focused on its communities; the other, its businesses.  Here is some of what we learned:

Did you know that 31% of the land of Richmond is either open space or Parks?  There are some great regional and city parks in the city!  Many are located along the bay including – Eastshore State Park, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Point Isabel Shoreline and Miller-Knox Regional Park.  Miller-Knox has a beautiful picnic area.  In fact Gardeners’ Guild has had its employee picnic here.

Richmond is also home to Rosie the Riveter World War II National Historic Park and Memorial.  It commemorates contributions that women made to our country while men were called into military service during World War II.

The city is larger than you might imagine:  its total area is 56 square miles.  For more information about its colorful history and especially its important role during World War II, see this link:

Richmond is especially proud that it will soon be home to Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  It will be located the shoreline in Richmond. The lab’s new campus will bring in jobs and the city anticipates that it will generate millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Bella Vista is beautiful apartment complex in Richmond.  It is the winner of the GEMM (Greater Excellence in Management and Maintenance) Awards of the Greater East Bay.  The property is 40 acres and much of the landscaping is turf.  When Gardeners’ Guild started its service, May, 2009, Bella Vista had high water bills and the management also wanted to build a greener community.

We began work to make Bella Vista’s irrigation more efficient and were successful in lowering water consumption by performing the following:

  • Rigorous irrigation monitoring and adjusted controllers to meet seasonal needs
  • Fixing irrigation breaks
  • Repairing broken hardware
  • Capping irrigation in places that didn’t require watering

The results were dramatic!

Bella Vista enjoyed a 53% reduction in water usage from 2008 to 2010 and saved approximately $45,891

It is a testament to the advice we have given over the years to our clients.  The first step in water conservation is to do a thorough irrigation diagnostic to ensure that it is running efficiently.

To learn more about

Bella Vista

Bella Vista, see their website: