Sustainable Practices for the Landscape Professional
Bay-Friendly Landscaping is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and maintenance of the landscape in order to support the integrity of one of California's most magnificent ecosystems, the San Francisco Bay watershed.
The Bay-Friendly landscape professional can create and maintain healthy, beautiful and vibrant landscapes by:
- Landscaping in harmony with the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay watershed.
- Reducing waste and recycling materials.
- Nurturing healthy soils while reducing fertilizer use.
- Conserving water, energy and topsoil.
- Using integrated pest management to minimize chemical use.
- Reducing stormwater runoff.
- Creating wildlife habitat.
A well-designed and maintained Bay-Friendly Landscape can cost less to maintain in the long run by consuming fewer resources. For public spaces, Bay-Friendly Landscapes embody community values for health, wildlife and the environment. For private property, Bay-Friendly landscaping addresses issues that your clients care about, such as lower water or garbage bills as well as increased environmental benefits.
As a landscape professional you can be proactive. You can be a part of the environmental solution. Bay-Friendly practices can give you a competitive edge in the market place by reducing water costs and landfill fees -- while increasing the health of your client's landscape.
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Order a copy or download PDFs of the Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guidelines. The guidelines are based on 7 environmental principles, offering 55 practices in landscape design, construction, and maintenance.