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River-Friendly Landscaping is…

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:

  • Saves money by reducing water, fertilizer, and pesticide use
  • Requires less maintenance such as mowing and trimming
  • Reduces yard waste
  • Attracts wonderful birds and butterflies to your garden

Benefits to the community and the environment:

  • Saves landfill space
  • Reduces air pollution by reducing the amount of yard waste that is transported to the landfill
  • Improves water quality by reducing pollution


Check out the following for examples of River-Friendly Landscaping:

A User's Guide to the Mokelumne River

Water Saving Tips:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

San Joaquin Master Gardener's drought/water conservation resources.

Stormwater Pollution prevention ideas.

Be Green - in San Joaquin

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.

Take Our Survey


To learn more about gardening in the San Joaquin Valley, go to the University of California Master Gardeners’ website

Lodi Lawn and Gardening Watering Guide

Flex your power


Storm Drain Detectives - Monitoring the Mokelumne River - Check Out Our Data (Data since 2000 available!)

Storm Drain Detectives