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Don't Blow It!

Save money by using manual tools in your landscape!

Using manual tools to take care of your yard can reduce the strain on your pocket book. Manual tools such as lawn mowers, chain saws, and leaf blowers are not only less expensive to buy, but they are also less expensive to operate, especially given the rising cost of gasoline.

Also, when you use manual tools in place of gas-powered ones, you are contributing to the health of the environment by keeping pollutants out of our air. Gas powered garden tools make up 5% of the nation’s air pollution. There are several practices that you can do to reduce air pollution from lawn equipment.

Check out these resources below to get started:


Is your landscape River-Friendly?
Use our benefits calculator to find out.

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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