Life after lawn: Fifty greens for shade
Stacey Parker lifts some sheet mulch to show the progress she made in kiling her lawn and residual weeds. A new Davis homeowner, she is a horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Katie Hetrick/Courtesy photo
As with any long-term relationship, deciding it’s time to break up with your lawn can be a difficult decision.
Will you miss it? Will it be worth it? Will you be happier? There are so many unknowns. Sometimes it is best just to take the plunge and not over-analyze the situation.
That’s what Stacey Parker, a new Davis homeowner and horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, did last year. She envisioned her front yard as a place that could be aesthetically pleasing, home to native wildlife and a low-water draw — an attractive idea, given the rising cost involved in keeping lawns green. Continue Reading