Yard, Garden, and Landscape
Protect local creeks, the Bay, and the Ocean by following these practices in your yard:
- For patios, driveways, or other hard services, choose permeable materials that allow water to soak in rather than run off.
- Terrace steep slopes to reduce rainwater run-off and prevent erosion.
- Cover nearly all soil with mulch or plants.
- Avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers.
- Avoid the use of plants considered invasive in local wildlands.
Download a copy of
Bay-Friendly Gardening: from Your Backyard to the Bay for more in depth ideas for your yard, garden, and landscape. San Mateo County residents can also request a free book: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Note: Bay-Friendly Gardening is a trademark and servicemark developed and owned by StopWaste.org of Alameda County, www.BayFriendly.org)
Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide (5.13 mb)
Gardening for a Sense of Place An overview of Bay Friendly Gardening and building healthy soil.
Into the Garden - Look Before You Leap How to plan a garden and provides a visual example of all elements a Bay Friendly Garden might contain.
Gardening from the Ground Up A look at what soil is and how to care for it. Plant selection and placement are also considered.
Gardening Day To Day and Through the Seasons all about composting, worm composting, feeding the soil, mulch basics, grasscycling, water conservation, pruning, and integrated pest management.
Gardening for the Birds and the Bees gardening for wildlife, beneficial insect plants, butterfly attracting plants, and how to deal with unwanted wildlife.
If You Don't Own the Land Gardening as a renter, community gardening, container gardening, and hiring a landscaper.
Resources books, web, local and statewide organizations
For tips on troubleshooting lawn problems visit http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/
Wall Street Journal Article on Organic Lawn Care
How to Control Weeds
Growing a Healthy Garden
American Rose Society www.ars.org
Soil Health Article: Build a Healthy Garden from the Ground Up