Calif. Dept. of General Services director Daniel C. Kim (left) and Association of Calif. Water Agencies deputy executive director Jennifer Persike spread some mulch on the Capitol east lawn area as part of the sheet mulch demonstration project.

More than 1,000 square feet of thirsty lawn at the State Capitol was converted via sheet mulching Monday, September 14, as part of a turf replacement demonstration project put on by the California Department of General Services.

The event is the latest effort undertaken by state government to lead by example during the ongoing drought and served as the kick off for Save Our Water’s new public awareness campaign encouraging Californian’s to “Fix it for Good” and make permanent changes to save water.

“We hope our efforts here at the state Capitol serve as an example for all Californians on how to be water smart during the ongoing drought,” said Daniel C. Kim, Director of the Calif. Department of General Services. “Our environment is changing and it is critical that we find long-term solutions on how to conserve water.”

This summer, Save Our Water encouraged Californians to take extraordinary steps to save water and let their lawns go “California Gold” as part of its “Let It Go” and “Turn It Off” campaign. As California shifts into fall, the program is building on the water conservation momentum over the summer and moving to a more permanent change-focus with the “Fix It For Good” message. The campaign will urge Californians to rethink their yards, go water efficient with new toilets and fixtures and fix leaks. Save Our Water is California’s statewide conservation education program and is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources.

Sheet mulching is an environmentally friendly lawn conversion technique that does not require hauling away the old turf or using chemicals to kill it. Sheet mulch helps turn the soil into a sponge, rich in organic matter that infiltrates and holds water in the soil. By using the sheet mulch process, this one lawn conversion alone will help sequester more than a ton of carbon. 

California has been dealing with the effects of an unprecedented drought. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at:

Calif. Dept. of General Services groundskeepers Mark Cooper (left) and Tab Ichicho spread mulch near the Capitol’s east steps.

See photo album on our DGS Flickr page.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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