an environmentally friendly way of gardening. River-Friendly Landscaping practices are designed to conserve water, reduce yard waste, and prevent pollution of our air and local rivers.
Benefits to you:
Benefits to the community and the environment:
Check out the following for examples of River-Friendly Landscaping:
Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.
San Joaquin Master Gardener's drought/water conservation resources.
Stormwater Pollution prevention ideas.
Water Use Classifications of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) provides a guide to estimating irrigation water needs of landscape plantings in each of 6 distinct California climate regions. WUCOLS was developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension in cooperation with landscape professionals and funded by the California Department of Water Resources. Try their plant database search tool.
To learn more about gardening in the San Joaquin Valley, go to the University of California Master Gardeners’ website
Storm Drain Detectives - Monitoring the Mokelumne River - Check Out Our Data (Data since 2000 available!)