Natural gardening techniques such as using compost and sheet mulching can help you save water, control weeds and pests, and add nutrients to the soil. This is great for plants, but that's not all — it's also healthier for people, pets and wildlife.
StopWaste works with home gardeners, landscape professionals and other public agencies to promote sustainable gardening practices. We offer how-to talks, resources, and other programs throughout Alameda County. Sign-up for our e-news and stay connected!
Removing your lawn gives you the opportunity to create a vibrant, water-saving garden.
- Learn how to sheet mulch.
- We have tools that can help you locate materials and get started.
- Apply to become a StopWaste Environmental Educator and receive training in community outreach.
Appropriately selected plants require less water, have greater pest resistance, and look great.
The book Gardens for San Lorenzo came out of a grant awarded by StopWaste to the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association. The grant funded a landscape architecture class at UC Berkeley, which produced 4 lawn conversion design options, published in Gardens for San Lorenzo. Each design includes a plant list, costs, and options for different lot types. The 72 page book also includes how-to information about sheet mulching and other landscape practices, as well as an illustrated list of plants...