Landscape Waste Prevention
Sustainable landscaping practices save water, reduce garden waste, take less work, and still result in beautiful landscapes.
Grasscycling, mulching, and composting also enhance soils by adding organic matter. Adding organic matter increases the water-holding capacity of soil, reducing erosion, and conserving water.
CalRecycle encourages the use of sustainable landscaping practices and participates in the River-Friendly Landscaping Coalition (RFLC). The RFLC is a collaboration between public agencies, non-profit organizations, designers, landscape architects, and contractors in the Sacramento Region. Through sustainable landscaping practices, RFLC envisions improved health of communities and ecosystems in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills.
- CalRecycle collaborates with the Department of Water Resources to promote the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (PDF, 417 KB).
- The California Urban Water Conservation Council is dedicated to maximizing urban water conservation and provides resources to support this effort.
- The City of Santa Monica features water savings programs that teach the community about sustainable landscape practices. This includes a side-by-side demonstration garden with nine years of data on water savings, labor savings and garden waste reduction.
- In San Diego WaterSmart program features landscape demonstrations with water savings education.
- The Inland Empire Garden Friendly program was developed to conserve water and educate the community on sustainable landscape practices.
- SoCal Water Smart, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, turf removal for residential water customers.
- Denver has a water saving ordinance using compost's water holding capacity. On all newly constructed premises, property owners must amend their soil with compost so that soil will retain water.
- A Landscaper's Guide To Reducing Yard Waste
- Erosion Control Studies/Research
- Locating Compost and Mulch Facilities
- Organics Material Publications
- Public Agency Landscape Maintenance Practices
- Sustainable Environmental Design Education
- Using Compost in Water Efficient Landscapes (PDF, 109 KB)
- Xeriscaping-Establishing a Water Efficient Landscape
CalRecycle Publications and Video
- Best Management Practices to Reduce Production of Organic Materials in Landscape Plantings
- Reusing Turfgrass Clippings to Improve Turfgrass Health and Performance in Central and Northern California
- Reusing Turfgrass Clippings to Improve Turfgrass Health and Performance in Southern California
- Sustainable Landscaping
- Sustainable Landscape Video (October 2009) (Windows Media Video: 1.12 Mbps; 2:23 minutes |
YouTube | Transcript, Adobe PDF, 18 KB)
Chapter 10 of CalRecycle's 12-chapter Best Practices in Waste Reduction video. All chapters are available to watch on YouTube or our Video Central training page. Please feel free to contact the CalRecycle Office of Public Affairs for more information on the video.
Other Related Information Sites
- Bay-Friendly Landscaping for Professionals
- California Irrigation Management Information System
- California Friendly Garden Guide
- Irrigation Water Needs of Landscape Plants in California (WUCOLS)
- Plant Right – Invasive garden plants
- UC Agricultural and Natural Resources County Offices
- UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project
- U.S. EPA GreenScapes Program
Organic Materials Management http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Organics/