Move over Mower! event set for Aug. 4

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An urban garden frolic, named Move over Mower!, is set for this weekend in York.

According to the flyer by Transition York, the event — from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1111 S. Queen St. — will introduce residents to sheet mulching, which is an easy, low-cost method for decreasing fossil fuel usage and increasing plantings in the urban yard. This method is a no-dig technique that mimics a natural process that happens in the forest. It uses cardboard or newspaper, in addition to compost, to set up an area for planting that decreases weeds without chemicals or too much time laboring after planting.

Organizers named the program “Move over Mower!” because the goal is to replace most of our grass with edible, medicinal, and bird-, butterfly- and bee-loving plantings.

Organizers say to bring hats, gloves and water, and feel free to bring any other gardening items you think useful. Brunch will be available, and organizers ask participants to RSVP if they want brunch, but come any time to help out. Children also are welcomed to come.

Also, if heavy rain and bad weather is predicted, the event will be postponed.

For more information, email Francie at

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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  1. August 4, 2012

    […] Join Transition York for its “Move over, Mower!” event 9 a.m. to noon today. By replacing your grass with no-mow plants or mulching, you’ll have more time to enjoy the summer to-dos you actually enjoy. […]

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