Keep Mulching!

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Hey, just because it’s winter and it’s raining doesn’t mean the drought is over! You should still be sheet mulching!

Sheet mulching, also known as sheet composting, layers cardboard, compost, and vegetative matter right on top of lawn area without removing the existing turf. Over the course of a few months the mulch and the underlying sod and weeds decompose. Sheet mulching increases the population of beneficial soil microbes and worms, improves soil’s capacity to retain nutrients and water, and reduces weeds. Best of all you will receive a rebate from your water district once the project is complete.  Look what we’re doing at Cresthill HOA in Pleasant Hill.


El Nino Flooding: Where to Find Sandbags in Contra Costa County

SandBags2016 Sandbag Locations in Contra Costa County:


Free, self-filled sandbags (up to 25) available for residents at the Corp. Yard

  • 1455 Gasoline Alley. Available 24/7. 671-3383


Free, 20 per person, Do It Yourself.

  • 1000 Sherborne Hills Road , 925-314-3450 or Dispatch 925-820-2144

El Cerrito:

Free, 10 bags to El Cerrito/ Kensington residents only (ID required)

  • Sand Pile 7501 Schmidt Lane 510-215-4369


No Charge, No Limit, Do It Yourself

  • 2001 Refugio Valley; Police Dispatch 510-724-1111


No Charge for 20 bags – after that $5.00 per bag. Contact for city: (925) 934-3908.

  • Public Works Dept Corp Yard 3001 Camino Diablo
  • Mt. Diablo Blvd @ Risa Road
  • Martinez:The City of Martinez has designated the following four (4) locations for the stockpiling of sand, and one (1) location with sand bags only for use by residents during heavy rains and or flooding. If you have any questions you may call the Public Works Maintenance Yard at 372-3580, M-F 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Nancy Boyd Park – Located on Pleasant Hill Rd E & Church St
    • F Street- Located at the west end of F Street off of Alhambra Avenue, at the beginning of the Park District trail, just past Alhambra High School.
    • Ferry & Allen Streets- Located at the comer of Ferry & Allen Streets by the Kiwanis Club.
    • Rankin Park- Located at the end of Buckley Street, upper parking lot.
    • Sand Bags are located at City Hall @ 525 Henrietta Street.


No Limit, Do It Yourself. 925-258-4599

  • Station #43-20 Via Las Cruces,
  • Station #44- 295 Orchard Road

No Sand Limit. Bring own bags, ties, & tools. Sand available year round. Public Works 510-724-8947.

  • City Parking Lot – 1281 Plum Street

Pleasant Hill:

Call 671-4646 to check sandbags availability before going to the Center. No sandbags are available after 4 p.m.

  • City Hall parking lot (100 Gregory Lane at Trelany Road – behind Michael’s)
  • Community Center parking lot (320 Civic Drive – behind the Police Department)

San Ramon:

No Charge 15 bag limit

  • Athan Downs Park – Montevideo Drive and Davona Drive Parking Lot
  • San Ramon Central Park – 12501 Alcosta Blvd. at the Bollinger Canyon Rd. entry
  • San Ramon Dougherty Valley Sport Park – 5261 Sherwood Way Parking Lot 925-973-2800 Monday-Friday After Hours Sheriff’s Dispatch 925-646-2441

Walnut Creek:

Sand and sandbags are available to Walnut Creek residents free of charge at the following locations (Residents need to bring their own shovels):

  • Lancaster Rd/Orchard Ln
  • Howe Homestead Park parking lot
  • Larkey Park parking lot
  • Heather Farm Park Community Center parking lot (North end)
  • Rudgear Park parking lot. (New location!)

Source: El Nino Flooding: Where to Find Sandbags in Contra Costa…

Featured Property: Bancroft Village

610 Bancroft Village - Jan

Bancroft Village HOA in Walnut Creek has trusted us for 16 years with the landscape for their community. Our team works daily to achieve a manicured look that is maintained to perfection. This year we implemented over 20 water conserving tasks from new watering applications to California native plantings with more planned in the future. We have enjoyed our relationship with the Board of Directors and the Property Managers and look forward to working with them on new projects to keep the grounds spectacular!