Bay Friendly Gardening

Bay-Friendly Landscaping and GardeningBay-Friendly landscaping and gardening a holistic approach to gardening and landscaping that works in harmony with the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. Bay-Friendly is based on 7 principles and practices that foster soil health, conserve water and other valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution. The Bay-Friendly program provides the below Guidelines as well as other tools & resources for home gardeners, landscape professionals, and public agencies to make informed decisions about sustainable landscaping in their communities.  There may also be a Bay Friendly Gardening Workshop coming to a location near you.

Bay Friendly Gardening Guidelines
This how-to guide provides gardening tips, a design survey, profiles of East Bay gardens, and much more.

 Chapter 1:

 Gardening for a Sense of Place

 Chapter 2:

 Into the Garden - Look Before You Leap

 Chapter 3:

 Gardening from the Ground Up

 Chapter 4:

 Gardening Day To Day and Through the Seasons

 Chapter 5:

 Gardening for the Birds and the Bees

 Chapter 6:

 If You Don't Own the Land

 Chapter 7:

Bay Friendly Landscaping Guidelines
This guide is written for the professional landscape industry as a way to provide an integrated approach to environmentally friendly landscaping. 

 Chapter 1:

 Introduction to Bay-Friendly Landscaping

 Chapter 2:

 Bay-Friendly Landscaping Checklist

 Chapter 3:

 Bay-Friendly Landscaping Practices

 Chapter 4:

 Summary of Bay-Friendly Landscaping Benefits

 Chapter 5:

 How to Start Landscaping in a Bay-Friendly Way

Printed copies of the above Guides are ONLY available free to gardeners/residents from the Unincorporated areas (outside city limits) or one of the Cities listed in green below. 
Residents in these areas can call the appropriate phone number to request a free copy (while supplies last).


(925) 779-6137


(925) 252-4114

Unincorporated Areas

(800) 750-4096

Cities of El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond & San Pablo = (510) 215-3021
Cities/Towns of Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, & Walnut Creek = (925) 906-1801

Residents within the cities of Brentwood, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Oakley, Pleasant Hill and San Ramon may order a Guide for $10.61
from the Alameda County Waste Management Authority by calling 1-510-444-7645 (while supplies last).

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Phone: 925-674-7203
Fax: 925-674-7250
County Recycling Hotline: 1 (800) 750-4096 /

Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553

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