Less to the Landfill
Did you know that the average Sacramento area homeowner produces 1000 pounds
(one-half ton) of yard waste each year? Unfortunately, much of this plant debris
is being hauled out of the area for processing, which results in higher costs,
burning of fossil fuel, and negative impacts on traffic and air quality. You can
cut back on yard waste by adopting River-Friendly landscaping practices such as
carefully selecting the right size plants for your yard or reusing plant
material by leaving grass clippings on your lawn, mulching, and/or composting.
Here are some steps you can take to get started:
Reduce plant debris to the landfill
- Choose plants that can grow to their natural size in the space allotted
- Select trees with a mature height of less than 20 feet for planting near
- Replace sheared hedges with plants that can grow to their natural shape
- Prune only to complement the natural form and strengthen the structural
integrity of the plant — don’t prune unnecessarily
- Avoid over-watering and excessive fertilizer — these create rampant
plant growth that weakens the plants and generates plant debris
- Use goats for controlling weeds and creating firebreaks — goats will eat
many weeds that are otherwise very difficult to control. As they graze, they
return nutrients to the soil and eliminate the need to haul off plant
- Separate plant debris for recycling — residential
green waste programs keep this
material out of landfills
Using broken recycled concrete for a
walking path keeps it out
of our landfills and conserves
energy and resources.
Keep plant debris on site
- Grasscycle — leave clippings on the
lawn after mowing, allowing them to decompose and release their nutrients
into the soil
- Use plant debris as mulch
- Compost plant debris
Use salvaged materials
When renovating a landscape, consider new uses for the old materials rather
than sending them to the landfill. For example, use broken concrete to create a
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.