Let’s be real; lawns are a thing of the past. We removed over 900 square feet of sod on this project. Alfafa’s Market provided us with an entire bale of food-grade cardboard. We used the cardboard to sheet mulch the areas where we removed the sod, to prevent the sod from coming back. By layering cardboard and dirt, we create a biodegradable layer that helps control unwanted plant growth and, over time, breaks down, fixing the soil with nitrogen and supporting the oh so essential microbiology of the soil.
Into our sheet mulch, we planted native Colorado pollinator and wildflower species. By doing this, we created an ecosystem that supports our pollinators: the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Did you know bees pollinate approximately 80% of plants worldwide? They play a huge role in food production. Our native species take two to three years to establish themselves fully, so be sure to check back next summer to see the updated progress of this young, regenerative landscape.
Along with the 100 or so wildflowers and pollinators, we also planted three fruit trees: one apple, one pear, and one peach, plus five raspberry bushes and a few lilac bushes. We spread roughly 20 cubic yards of mulch, sourced from Western Disposal. You could say it’s “local mulch” since it is produced from annual woody debris from the Boulder metro area.
We also installed ten raised beds for seasonal vegetable cultivation. Our client is a master grower, so they’re blooming with excitement over their young, thriving, abundant ecosystem.