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Plant Selection

Careful plant selection is part of the following principles of River-Friendly Landscaping: Landscape Locally Less to the Landfill Conserve Water Protect Water and Air Quality Create and Protect Wildlife Habitat Consider the following when selecting plants for your River-Friendly Landscape: choose California native (best choice) or Mediterranean plants — California native plants will help to […]

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Landscaping locally – Work with nature, rather than against it

“Landscape Locally” means creating a landscape that collaborates with, rather than working against, nature — resulting in plants that stay healthy and beautiful using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. This is done by identifying the site characteristics listed below and using that information to select plants that will thrive on the site. 1.  Evaluate your […]

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Best Pressure Washer of 2021: Hands-On Review By Expert

You cannot easily remove perennial mold or dirt on wheels with just a regular sprinkler pipe. In this case, you should rely on the help of pressure washers – devices that save you not only time but also effort, even with the oldest stains. Garden Products has tested and selected the top 10 best pressure […]

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Lawn Care: How Green is Your Grass?

Although often labeled as a water and energy hog, lawns remain a significant part of the home landscape. By establishing small, practical areas planted with turf species that require less water and implementing simple maintenance practices, you can have a nice lawn and also be environmentally responsible. Amazingly, the inevitable, unwanted brown spots that appear […]

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Rain Gardens: Together We Can Make a Difference

What is it? Rain gardens are shallow, landscaped depressions that capture rain water that runs off roofs and/or pavement. How does it work? When it rains, stormwater from your roof or pavement is directed to the rain garden. The garden allows the water to slowly filter and soak into the ground. This reduces the amount […]

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Water and Air Quality: Every Gardener Should Know

Water Quality River-Friendly Landscaping practices protect water quality by reducing/eliminating pollutants that would otherwise end up in our waterways. One htmlect of River-Friendly Landscaping is University of California, Davis IPMIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) — a holistic approach to controlling insects, plant diseases, weeds, and other pests. University of California’s IPM program/UC-IPM is an excellent source […]

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Nurturing soil health – Promote healthy soil to support healthy plants

Good healthy soil is more than just DIRT! It also includes air, water, organic matter, and living organisms. The right balance results in healthy plants, the wrong balance results in sick or dead plants! Soil Components DIRT (mineral particles) Soil is generally described by the size of its mineral particles: clay, silt, or sand. Sand […]

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The Best Push Lawn Mowers of 2021 for Every Yard

Compared to ride-on lawn mowers, push machines are more affordable, and they are suitable for a number of size yards. Some of them even get higher performance as well as efficiency. Those are the reasons why people prefer the best push lawn mowers. Push lawn mowers deliver various features and functions. Some are best to […]

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The Best Portable Generators for every Budget of 2021

If you enjoy camping, the best portable generator will come in handy in a variety of situations. They may be used to power all outdoor lighting, cool or heat a tent, and even provide a magnificent soundtrack for a journey. However, there are many options on the market, making it challenging to choose. That’s why […]

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The Best Pool Heater of 2021: Reviews and Buying Guide

It’s the cold season, but you still want to swim? A pool heater can help you do that by warming the water to a pre-set temperature. The best pool heaters can be compatible with both above-ground and inground swimming pools. While public pools may need a large commercial heater, you can choose a smaller one […]