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River-Friendly Landscaping Examples

River-Friendly Landscaping is a beautiful way to do your part in protecting our environment. If you've created a River-Friendly landscape and you have photos of it you'd like to share here, contact Suman Kumar at kumarsu@saccounty.net.

The BeWaterSmart website has a map of Water Efficient Landscapes (WEL) in the Sacramento area that you can visit.

For help in selecting plants for your River-Friendly Landscape, check out these links:

Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy. Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy.
Photo: April Vail

These lovely plants are both drought tolerant and low maintenance — conserving water and energy. Click on the photo for the plant names.
 

  Photo: Suman Kumar

River-Friendly plantings add color to your landscape. Click on the photo for the plant names.

Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy.
Photo: Cordelia Min

This homeowner used recycled concrete slabs to create a walking path. Using recycled materials conserves resources, which is one of the important practices of River-Friendly Landscaping. Click on the photo for the plant names.

Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy.   Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy.
Photo: April Vail

Beneficial insects can provide effective control of insect pests. Encourage these garden allies by avoiding pesticides and providing plants that attract them (such plants are called insectary plants). Scientists have shown that the use of pesticides can actually cause outbreaks of pest insects and mites by eliminating natural enemies. Click Beneficial Insects to learn more.
 

  Photo: Suman Kumar

Eat fresh and natural by avoiding pesticides in your vegetable garden. Fertilizers should be selected and used with care to preserve healthy soils and prevent water pollution.

 

Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy.   Some native plants are drought tolerant as well as low maintenance, conserving water and energy.
Photo: April Vail

Adding subtle colors with drought tolerant plants such as Sandhill sage (Artemesia) adds visual appeal to your garden.

 

  Photo: Suman Kumar

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a beautiful example of a River-Friendly Landscape plant that is native to the western U.S. and is drought, swamp, and somewhat alkali tolerant. Lady bugs love this plant!

 

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Here are some more in depth articles on specific RFL topics that you might find of interest:

Contest Winner

RFL Inspiration Garden

RFL Examples

Rain Gardens

Mulch, Grasscycling, and Compost

Get Mulching

Fertilize Naturally — Is Feeding Frenzy Really Needed?

Plant Trees, Save Energy!

Right Plant, Right Place!

Plant Selection

Plant Communities

Take Action to Save Water Outdoors…

Lawn Care: How Green is Your Grass?

Rethink Your Lawn

Pests Bugging You?

River-Friendly Pest Control

Managing Common Pests

Good Bugs

Interview about RFL (MP3)

Choose California natives first

Don't Blow It!

Reducing Outdoor Asthma Triggers

 

Watch the YouTube video
"Slow the Flow - Make Your Landscape Act Like a Sponge"
to learn about the importance of landscaping to stormwater quality.



The Seven Principles of
River-Friendly Landscaping

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The Seven Principles of
River-Friendly Landscaping

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