River-Friendly Landscaping Part 6: Don’t Trash the Truckee Meadows

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 6: Don’t Trash the Truckee Meadows

River-Friendly Landscaping, Water Quality
Did you know that approximately half of what Truckee Meadows residents send to the landfill in the summer months is organic material? That’s about 2,500 tons (or 350 elephants) of yard waste and kitchen scraps going to our local landfill every day!  Instead of trashing these materials, which creates transportation emissions (contributing to air pollution and climate change) and takes up landfill space (decreasing land conservation), we can reduce unnecessary waste, improve soils, save money, and keep the Truckee River clean - all at the same time! In this, the sixth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll show you how. So what’s the magic solution to this trashy problem? Composting! And what’s composting? Composting takes organic material and decomposes it into an organic fertilizer and soil amendment. It’s pretty much…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping, Truckee River Watershed, Water Quality, Wildlife
The summer weather is heating up, and we’ve already had several Red Flag Warnings and small brush fires. It’s officially wildfire season in Northern Nevada! Chuck Grimmett/  Flickr Want to breathe easy knowing you and your yard are prepared? In this, the fifth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll cover how Firescaping your yard can play an important role in promoting a healthy watershed while protecting your home from fire. But before we dive into the details of Firescaping , let’s discuss the effects fire can have on our watershed. While we’re all acutely aware of the social and economic impacts when people lose homes and are displaced by wildfire, there are also long-term environmental impacts that affect watersheds that don’t get as much media attention.  Water Quality Ecologist Chris…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 4: Creating Wildlife Habitat

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 4: Creating Wildlife Habitat

River-Friendly Landscaping, Wildlife
Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! Although this may be what comes to mind when thinking of creating wildlife habitat, for obvious reasons we don’t want to attract big wildlife like black bears and mountain lions into our yards. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make room for some smaller wildlife, like beneficial insects. There’s plenty of room in your yard to share with these little guys. And, did you know that it’s National Pollinator Week? So for this, the fourth in our River-Friendly Landscaping Series, we’re talking pollinators! Why are pollinators important? Well, firstly because pollinators help feed us! Many of the foods you eat every day are made possible because of the hard work of pollinators  - avocados, blueberries, tomatoes, chocolate, and bananas, just to name…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 3: Water Pollution, Be Part of the Solution

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 3: Water Pollution, Be Part of the Solution

River-Friendly Landscaping
It looks like warmer weather is headed our way, and who doesn’t love to visit the Truckee River on a warm summer day? We are so lucky to have a clean river to swim in or picnic by, but we all have to do our part to keep it that way and reduce water pollution. And it starts in our yards. We’ve talked a bit about non-point source pollution before (check out our Stormwater 101 blog), but when it comes to our yards, there are a few pollutants of concern you can really help reduce: nitrogen and phosphorus. Nutrients - The Building Blocks of Life Nitrogen and phosphorus are both nutrients, i.e. the building blocks of life. They are both essential for plant growth (super important for gardeners) and naturally…
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Truckee River-Friendly Landscaping Part 2: Slow the Flow

Truckee River-Friendly Landscaping Part 2: Slow the Flow

River-Friendly Landscaping
Even though we live in a desert, from the Truckee River to Swan Lake, our area is no stranger to flooding. And since this year has been unusually wet, it seems fitting to talk about how everyone in our community can help alleviate flood risk while keeping our watershed healthy. A youngster makes his way across First Street in Reno on Jan. 2, 1997. That flood caused $700 million in damage. DAVID B. PARKER/RGJ So in this blog, the second in our River-Friendly Landscaping Series (here's number one!), we’re talking about how you can slow the flow and keep water onsite. But first, you need to know a bit about impermeable surfaces. Impermeable What? The Truckee Meadows is becoming an increasingly urbanized area, and with development comes impermeable surfaces (this…
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Why Trees Are an Asset that Deserve an Arborist

Why Trees Are an Asset that Deserve an Arborist

Conservation, One Truckee River Month, River-Friendly Landscaping
In honor of Arbor Day on April 26, we got to sit down with American Arborists and local tree expert Rod Haulenbeek to chat tree care and the Truckee River! Listen to our radio interview here When we need tree care, many people search for a landscaper instead of a trained and certified tree specialist. The talk is about the 6 main benefits of trees, and why they are such a great asset. This is an Arbor Day Special airing for the purpose of increasing awareness about the importance of trees and arborists. More at: PruneWithCare.com. Rod will be leading two riverside tree walks during One Truckee River Month: Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Idlewild ParkThursday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Barbara Bennett Park (this walk will…
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Show Your Nevada Pride! With River-Friendly Landscapes

Show Your Nevada Pride! With River-Friendly Landscapes

River-Friendly Landscaping
We think the Truckee Meadows is a beautiful place to live! If you do, too, then what better way to show it than to have a landscape that fits in with the regions's natural beauty and shows off your Nevada pride? That’s why we’re introducing a new blog series on “River-Friendly” landscaping. We’ll teach you all about how to create a gorgeous landscape you’ll love while also respecting the Truckee River watershed. The beauty of the Truckee Meadows is a breath-taking blend of sky, mountains, and high desert! Special thanks to Lee Molof for sharing this beautiful photo. So what is a River-Friendly Landscape? A River-Friendly Landscape is one that is especially designed for residents of the Truckee Meadows! It will beautify your property, conserve water, reduce yard maintenance and…
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