What is River Friendly?
"River-Friendly" offers a holistic approach to landscaping that works with nature to reduce waste, prevent pollution and support the integrity of one of California's key ecosystems, the Sacramento River watershed.
Why should I hire a Green Gardener Trained Professional?
Green Gardener training combines cutting-edge technology with ecologically
sound landscape maintenance practices. The qualified Green Gardener conscientiously
adheres to the River-Friendly Landscape Guidelines and will have successfully
completed 10 weeks of intensive training examining complex subjects such
- River Friendly Principles
- Soil Health
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Right Plant in the Right Place
- Fertilizer Management
- Water Efficient Irrigation
- Pruning for Plant Health
- Mulches and Compost
Hiring a Green Gardener today can help you save money, conserve water and
sustain your healthy landscape. The Qualified Green Gardeners listed below
have completed a minimum of 20 hours of hands-on instruction, passed a written
exam, and have valid business licenses and/or
are an employee or
owner of a company with a valid contractorâ€™s license from the California
Contractors State Licensing Board
Certified Water Managers must pass a written test, complete an irrigation
audit, and demonstrate proficiency in keeping at least one landscape site
on an annual water budget.
- Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditors are certified through the national
and must pass a written exam, submit a completed irrigation audit,
and complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years.
- Certified Arborist are certified through the International
Society of Arboriculture and have met all requirements to be eligible
for the exam, which includes three or more years of full-time, eligible,
practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field
of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from
a regionally accredited educational institute.
- Qualified Water
Efficient Landscaper is a WaterSense labeled Irrigation Auditor certification