This past summer, the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources
launched an Aspire to Be River-Friendly Contest that encouraged residents to
enter their yard for a chance to be recognized as Sacramento’s greenest yard.
Since 2008, Tony and his wife Ellen have practiced environmentally friendly
ways of gardening to create a healthy, beautiful, vibrant yard while conserving
water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our air and local
rivers. Plus, they have reduced their water usage in their yard by more than 30%
(wow!). Congratulations to Tony and Ellen for making an effort to create a
healthy, River-Friendly Landscape that inspires so many! Please check out the
photos below of their yard. The County would like to thank everyone who
participated in the contest. Click
here for more River-Friendly Landscaping
Tony shows off his landscape with its
See a video of Tony and his yard here.
The way Tony's yard looked a few
How it looks now...
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.
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