River-Friendly Landscaping

EcoLandscapers practice River-Friendly Landscaping, a whole-systems approach to the design, construction, and maintenance of the landscape to support the integrity of California’s key ecosystems.

A well-designed and -maintained River-Friendly landscape can cost less to maintain in the long run by consuming fewer resources. For public spaces, River-Friendly landscapes embody community values for health, wildlife, and the environment.

The River-Friendly landscape professional can create and maintain healthy, beautiful and vibrant landscapes.


  1. Landscape Locally: Landscaping in harmony with the natural conditions of the river watershed
  2. Landscape for Less to the Landfill: Reducing waste and recycling materials
  3. Nurture the Soil: Nurturing healthy soils while reducing fertilizer use
  4. Conserve Water: Creating drought-resistant soils with compost and mulch
  5. Conserve Energy: Planting and protecting shade trees; specifying local products and suppliers
  6. Protect Water & Air Quality: Reducing storm-water runoff; using integrated pest management to minimize chemical use
  7. Create & Protect Wildlife Habitat