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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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Create & Protect Wildlife Habitat

Biodiversity (the number and variety of life forms) is crucial to the health and resiliency of any ecosystem and its inhabitants. However, biodiversity frequently suffers as urban development replaces native habitat. This doesn’t need to be the case. Residential and commercial landscapes can be designed to provide food, water, and shelter to encourage and protect […]

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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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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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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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River-Friendly Landscaping

River-Friendly Landscaping (RFL) is… an environmentally friendly way of gardening. River-Friendly Landscaping practices are designed to help you create a healthy, beautiful, vibrant yard while conserving water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our air and local rivers. This approach to gardening includes: Landscaping locally — Work with nature, rather than against it Nurturing […]

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New California Landscape Home

The New California Landscape promotes a balance between urban landscapes and the environment, includes diverse and beautiful aesthetic qualities, and facil-itates the efficient use and management of resources, especially water. These landscapes are suited to the Sacramento Region’s Mediterranean-typeclimate and support a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. The carefully selected plants in these designs […]