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Turf Conversions

By Lilly Fogleman and Anna Aaronson

Clear Blue Commercial, Daily Acts, The City of Petaluma, Cagwin & Doward and Rain Bird Irrigation are gearing up for the largest commercial lawn transformation event that has been done in the North Bay, Mulchstock. 64,000 SF of lawn will be transformed into beautiful mulch using volunteers in one day and will save approximately 1.6 million gallons of water annually. This historical undertaking in Redwood Business Park is a terrific example of a beautification project that is also ecologically responsible and will result in cost savings over time from reduced water and energy use. The sustainable design creates environmental solutions by nurturing the soil, protecting water and air, preventing landfill waste, redeveloping natural habitat, and reducing energy use. These Bay Friendly strategies create landscapes that bring beauty to the community, healing to the planet, and value to the property.

Before Turf Conversion Bay Friendly Principles used in Design and Installation:

Nurture the Soil

• Sheet mulching with organic amendments regenerates the soil without toxic chemicals

• All of the planting areas amended with local organic compost and beneficial soil organisms that ensure the health of the new landscape ecosystem

Conserve Water

• The irrigation design and technologies use water most efficiently for the variety of plantings and seasons

• Replacing turf grass with low water-use plants reduces water needs by 50 -70% once established.

Landscape Locally

• Using the selected plants reduces waste material from trimming and allows healthy growth in the local micro-climates

After Turf Conversion

• Purchasing materials locally, helps support the local economies

Conserve Energy

• The construction process includes carbon reduction strategies with the transportation of people and materials

 • Plants can be left to grow to full height, thus reducing hedging and transport of waste materials

• Using organic, local materials reduces energy consumption from production and shipping

Protect Water & Air Quality

• Sustainable soil strategies allow water to infiltrate without running off into the Bay

• Using organic products eliminates toxins from entering the Bay and groundwater

• Reducing the amount of turf grass reduces the air pollution from mowing and trimming with power equipment.

Create Wildlife Habitat

• Selected plantings provide food and shelter for beneficial insects and birds that keep pests in balance