Easy ways to get started
It’s not necessary to completely change your existing landscape to make it more
environmentally friendly. Consider easing into River-Friendly Landscaping, one
practice at a time. The suggestions below are relatively easy and inexpensive to
do and are a great way to get started
Check your irrigation system
- Grasscycling allows grass clippings and their nutrients to be recycled
into the lawn and soil, reducing the need for fertilizers. In addition,
there is less waste sent to the landfill.
- Replace the standard blade on your lawn mower with a mulching blade that
cuts clippings into smaller pieces that break down more readily.
- Remove the bag (so the clippings stay on the lawn) and mow as usual.
Avoid using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
- Choose organic, slow release fertilizers. Synthetic fertilizers damage
soil health and stimulate excessive plant
growth that is vulnerable to pest insects.
- Don’t use broad spectrum pesticides. They can can create pest problems
by eliminating beneficial insects.
- Add some attractive flowering plants to your garden that support
populations of beneficial insects that are known to control pest species.
a Healthy Garden.
- Be especially aware of imminent rain and irrigation flows that could
wash fertilizers and pesticides down the storm drain.
Use mulch in flower, vegetable, and shrub beds
- Mulch is a covering of organic material, which can prevent water
loss, keep weeds down, and decompose to make the soil healthy.
- Use mulch materials such as shredded bark, ground up tree trimmings, and fallen leaves.
- Apply mulch three inches or more deep. Keep mulch away from the base of trees and shrubs to reduce damage from disease and pests.
Use compost to improve soil health and fertility
- Reduces fertilizer needs
- Improves water use efficiency
- Incorporate when planting or apply to shrubs and lawns
Click on any section to learn more
Here are some more in depth articles on specific RFL topics that you might
find of interest:
RFL Inspiration Garden
Mulch, Grasscycling, and Compost
Fertilize Naturally — Is Feeding
Frenzy Really Needed?
Plant Trees, Save Energy!
Right Plant, Right Place!
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
Interview about RFL (MP3)
Choose California natives first
Don't Blow It!
Reducing Outdoor Asthma
Watch the YouTube video
Flow - Make Your Landscape Act Like a Sponge"
to learn about the importance of landscaping to stormwater quality.