River-Friendly Landscaping
River-Friendly Landscaping

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. 

Benefits to you:
  • Saves money on water, fertilizers, and pesticides
  • Reduces exposure to toxic chemicals for your family and pets
  • Maximizes beneficial use of green “waste” in  your landscape
  • Requires less maintenance such as mowing and trimming
  • Attracts wonderful birds and butterflies to your garden
Benefits to the community and the environment:
  • Conserves landfill space
  • Reduces air pollution by reducing the amount of green waste that needs to be transported
  • Improves water quality by reducing pollution
  • Reduces carbon emissions

Rain Gardens: Soak up the Rain Water
Rain Gardens are shallow, landscaped depressions that capture rain water that runs off roofs and/or pavement. Rain gardens have many benefits:
  • Collects rain water and allows it to slowly soak into the ground. An average sized rain garden in Sacramento can potentially retain thousands of gallons of water every year!
  • Reduces runoff from your property
  • Filters out pollutants in runoff
  • Contains beautiful and colorful plants and shrubs
  • Provides habitat for birds and butterflies 
For more information on rain gardens such as designs, plant ideas, and more go to www.epa.gov/soakuptherain/soak-rain-rain-gardens 

Healthy Garden Fact Sheets
Please check out the fact sheets below for steps on how to create a healthy, beautiful, and nature-friendly landscape! 

Protect Water and Air Fact Sheet- This information can help you enhance water and air quality by minimizing contaminants in urban runoff, reducing emissions and absorbing air pollutants.

Create Habitat Fact Sheet- Learn tips on how to create a healthy habitat with native pollinators, beneficial insects and other organisms that are important for the health and resiliency of a landscape.

Landscape Local Fact Sheet- Includes simple steps for landscaping in harmony with the natural conditions in our watersheds.

Reduce Waste Fact Sheet- Learn why choosing the right plants, using recycled and salvaged products, composting, mulching and grasscycling are important practices that reduce waste.

Nurture the Soil Fact Sheet- This principle is rooted in the practice of enhancing soil health to support healthy plants. Check out these key steps for building healthy soil in your garden.

Sequester Carbon Fact Sheet - Includes information on practices that support the removal of carbon dioxide from the air and storing it as soil carbon which is an important strategy for addressing climate change.

Save Water Fact Sheet- Provides ways to reduce the use of water in your garden such as selecting drought tolerant plants, reducing lawn, and installing efficient irrigation systems. 

Conserve Energy Fact Sheet- If you’re looking for steps to create efficient outdoor lighting, shade buildings and paved areas, and conserve fuel, this fact sheet can help you get started.

Are you a landscape professional? Visit the Rescape CA website to find trainings/workshops that teach you about River-Friendly Landscaping or sustainable landscaping practices.

Do you need help creating a River-Friendly Landscaping? Click here to see a list of qualified professional landscapers who have been trained on River-Friendly Landscaping practices.

Pest Management

Pesticides contain chemicals that are harmful to our waterways and can also affect the health of your garden. If you have an issue with pests around your home or garden, there are simple less or non-toxic actions you can take to prevent pests and protect your property against these invaders Click here to learn more.


Capital Public Radio Garden
The CapRadio Garden, located at Sac State, demonstrates sustainable gardening practices that use water and land wisely and showcases many of the River Friendly Landscaping principles. Additionally, the garden assists in teaching about nutrition, conservation, and wildlife. The garden serves as an educational tool hosting both hands on activities and lectures to discuss and teach about the issues surrounding food. Garden maintenance is taken of care off in part by local high school students and the produce from the garden is donated to local food banks. 




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