|A prairie-themed landscape bed at the Waverly Intermediate School - before cleanup.|
In an effort to be more ecologically responsible, build the soil, reduce energy inputs, aid insects and mostly reduce some of the hard work, I like to try and leave as much of last year's perennial material in place as I clean up. It would be nice to use fire to burn the matter back and break it down quickly, but since that is rarely possible in a community setting, I try to do the next best thing and shred it down as fine as possible. My tools of choice include a mower, an industrial wheeled string trimmer and a hand held string trimmer often fitted with a steel blade.
|After my patented "three step" cleanup method.|
|Tools of choice.|