What is River-Friendly Landscaping?
"River-Friendly" means working in harmony with the natural ecosystem of the Sacramento region to foster soil health, reduce runoff and pollution, prevent and reuse plant waste, and conserve water and other natural resources.
River-Friendly Landscaping Green Gardener Training Program
Presented by River-Friendly Landscaping Coalition and Regional Water Authority, the 10-week Green Gardener Training Program provides high-quality training in all the key principles of River-Friendly Landscaping or "Green Gardening" to conserve water, protect the soil and reduce the use of pesticides.
The Green Gardener Program educates and qualifies in-the-field landscape professionals who maintain, install and design:
- Commercial landscapes
- Residential landscapes
- Municipal landscapes
- School, parks, and recreational amenities
A Green Gardener Trained Professional has attended this intensive training taught by experts in their chosen fields of landscape related expertise. Topics include:
- River Friendly Principles
- Soil Health
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Irrigation I - Troubleshooting
- Irrigation II - Scheduling
- Irrigation III - Assessing Systems
- Pruning for Plant Health
- Mulches and Compost
Benefits of Becoming a Green Gardener:
- Gain a competitive advantage by being a part of this dynamic green industry movement.
- Be qualified to respond to the increased need for professionals trained in environmentally-friendly practices.
- Receive recognition in public outreach opportunities, including listing of your name on the Regional Water Authority and River-Friendly Landscaping Coalition websites.
- Identify yourself as a Green Gardener by using the official title and logo to promote your services and qualifications.
- Reduce pesticide use, minimize runoff, and prevent pollution for a healthier landscape and environment for you and your clients.
- Diversify services and communicate your water-efficient landscaping practices to clients and employers.
How Do I Sign Up?
For more information call the "Be Water Smart" Hotline, 1-888-WTR-TIPS (888-987-8477) or BeWaterSmart@rwah2o.org