bay-friendly coalition
Bay-Friendly Landscaping
& Gardening Coalition
7 Principles of Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening

1Landscape Locally; recognizes that built landscapes are a part of the larger ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay watershed and that they can contribute to it’s health if designed and maintained using sustainable practices.

2Landscape for Less to the Landfill; means that we should reduce waste by choosing the right plants, avoiding invasive plant species, using recycled and salvaged products in the landscape and by composting, mulching and grasscycling plant debris.

3Nurture the Soil; soils are living ecosystems and when landscape practices allow the soil food web to thrive it can filter pollution, store water, provide plant nutrients, and help plants resist pests naturally.

4Conserve Water; means using a holistic approach of creating drought resistant soils with compost and mulch, selecting plants naturally adapted to summer-dry climates, using stormwater, greywater and recycled water in the landscape as much as possible and using efficient irrigation systems that include self adjusting, weather-based controllers.

5Conserve Energy; by reducing the need for mowing and shearing, by shading buildings and paved areas, using efficient outdoor lighting, and buying local landscape products.

6Protect Water & Air Quality; through maximizing permeable surfaces and minimizing stormwater runoff, using integrated pest management, minimizing the use of synthetic pesticides and avoiding overuse of fertilizers, reducing fossil fuel consumption, and planting trees to remove CO2 and absorb air pollutants.

7Create Wildlife Habitat; recognizes that biodiversity is crucial to the health of natural ecosystems and that by using native plants and increasing the diversity of plant palettes, our built landscape can provide food, water and shelter for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other creatures.

The landscape below illustrates many of the Bay-Friendly landscaping practices guided by the seven principles.

Small lawn in backyard where family will use itTrees not topped but pruned properlyEvergreen windbreak blocks north winter windsCompost bin recycles plant and kitchen debrisRaised beds are constructed from plastic or composite lumberDrip irrigation for vegetable beds, shrubs, trees and elsewhere where feasibleMulched paths keep soil coveredRepository for leaves to collect under trees as mulchDeciduous trees placed to the west & southwest of the house for summer coolingIrrigation controller waters hydrozones according to plant needs, soil moisture and weatherPlants selected to match the microclimatesAll plants given the space to grow to their natural sizeFront lawn replaced by diverse plantings with many California native ground covers, shrubs and trees but no invasive speciesPavers with spaces and low water use plants betweenWater for wildlife habitatWater from roof channeled to cisternPermeable paving on driveway and walkway to front door.


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