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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 examples.

Tony shows off his landscape with its new sign.
See a video of Tony and his yard here.


The way Tony's yard looked a few years back...


How it looks now...

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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

Click on any section to learn more