• sheet mulching

    What Is Sheet Mulching and How Do You Do It?

    If you’ve ever started a new garden from scratch, then you’ve probably had to convert some amount of lawn into a planting bed. There are several ways to eliminate turf,…

  • How-To

    The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Mulch for Southern California

    For some years now, I have been teaching classes to homeowners for the local water district. The classes cover the different elements of creating a watershed-wise garden. We cover a…

  • How-To

    Northern California July Garden To-Do List

    For the Northern California gardener, July means that summer has truly settled in. There are consistently warmer temperatures, intermittent heat waves, fog for coastal gardeners, and pleasant afternoons spent weeding,…

  • How-To

    Southwest June Garden To-Do List

    Give some extra attention to your roses. Roses should be getting a deep watering every day during the month of June. Mulch your roses to help them retain their moisture.…

  • Article

    Should I Mulch in Fall to Protect Perennials for Winter?

    There is no doubt that mulching builds soil, reduces the need to water, and helps control weeds. But what does it do to protect plants from the cold? In many…

  • Article

    Springtime Chores

    Finally the warmer spring weather has arrived and we all want to be outdoors. As a gardener, though I delight in everything bursting forth, I want to feel the soil…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    The Best Time to Mulch

    For me, this is a first-class practice as far as recycling goes.