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River-Friendly Landscaping is . . .

A whole systems approach to the design, construction and maintenance of the landscape to support the integrity of
one of California’s key ecosystems, the Sacramento River watershed.


               BASIC PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL SYSTEMS
 
  
               1. Natural systems are inherently beautiful.
               2. Nothing goes to waste.
               3. Inputs are limited and are primarily defined by the
                   natural resources on site.
               4. The more diverse they are, the more stable they are
.



A well-designed and maintained River-Friendly landscape can cost less
to maintain in the long run by consuming fewer resources. For public
spaces, River-Friendly landscapes embody community values for health,
wildlife and the environment.
The River-Friendly landscape professional can create and maintain
healthy, beautiful and vibrant landscapes by:


7 PRINCIPLES OF RIVER-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING
 

     Landscape Locally

Landscaping in harmony with the natural conditions of the Sacramento
River watershed.

     Landscape for Less to the Landfill

Reducing waste and recycling materials.

     Nurture the Soil

Nurturing healthy soils while reducing fertilizer use.

     Conserve Water

Create drought resistant soils with compost and mulch.

     Conserve Energy

Plant and protect shade trees; specify local products and suppliers.

     Protect Water & Air Quality

Reducing stormwater runoff; using integrated pest management to
minimize chemical use.

     Create & Protect Wildlife Habitat

Creating wildlife habitat
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THE RIVER-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING BENEFITS CALCULATOR

Have you tried it yet?  Why should I use this calculator?

The calculator walks you through some simple steps to define the characteristics of your landscape and your maintenance practices.

At the end, the calculator estimates the amount of water your landscape needs, as well as green waste and greenhouse gas emissions it produces, and the cost and labor required to maintain it, as compared to both a river-friendly landscape and a conventional one.
   
Click Here to Evaluate Your Landscape Now!

These excerpts are taken from the River-Friendly Guidelines -   http://www.riverfriendly.org 

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