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Continuing the series Sheri and I  started a few podcasts ago, we address the question we hear the most in the classes we teach: 

“My lawn is brown now what?” or
“Are rocks, gravel and few cactus the only option?” or
“What if I just concrete it over?” or

“The alternatives are a lot more expensive, and I don’t have that money”

No matter where you live, today’s topic will apply to you.

In our last podcast we talked about how
artificial turf is not the answer and the problems it creates, so the next thing people ask about is creating the typical ‘desert’ landscape of rock, gravel and a few plants. In this podcast we talk about the issues those kinds of gardens create, and we go on to discuss concrete and the problems it brings. We also talk about the misconception that ‘sustainable landscapes’ are much more expensive than ‘traditional landscapes’. 

Gravel and Weeds - webThe most important message is:  you don’t need to do it all at once. In our next podcast we will talk about some simple, cost effective steps you can take to remove your lawn and start out on the journey of creating a beautiful water wise landscape that is good for your pocket book and the environment



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Diane Downey and Sheri Menelli specialize in earth-friendly landscaping practices, including vegetable gardening, rainwater capture, soil health, native plants, and efficient irrigation. Diane is a professional landscape designer with over 10 years’ experience, and Sheri is a certified permaculture designer with a six-year-old food forest in her backyard. Combined, they have over two decades of teaching experience. Their classes are taught to the public in the classroom, in the field, and via one-on-one garden coaching sessions.
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