ReScape California (formerly Bay-Friendly) Qualified Landscape Professionals

Pests and pesticides can harm humans, animals, and the environment.  Prevention is the secret to safe and effective pest management. Pesticides should be considered only as a last resort. 

Pesticide use in city-owned landscapes, including by contractors, is prohibited unless all requirements of the Integrated Pest Management Ordinance are met, including posting, recordkeeping, and compliance with the current Reduced Risk Pesticide List. See IPM Program Compliance Checklist.

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7 Principles of Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening:

  1. Landscape Locally: Design and maintain landscapes to promote local biodiversity and ecosystem health.
  2. Landscape for Less to the Landfill: 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.
  3. Nurture the Soil: Build soil health as a means for maintaining plant and ecosystem health.
  4. Conserve Water: Create drought resistant soils with compost and mulch, select 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.
  5. Conserve Energy: Reduce the need for mowing and shearing, provide shade for buildings and paved areas, use efficient outdoor lighting, and buy local landscape products.
  6. Protect Water & Air Quality: Maximize permeable surfaces and minimizing stormwater runoff, using integrated pest management, minimize the use of synthetic pesticides and avoid overuse of fertilizers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and plant trees to remove CO2 and absorb air pollutants.
  7. Create Wildlife Habitat: Use native plants and increase the diversity of plant palettes, allowing our built landscape to provide food, water and shelter for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other creatures.

Info on this product category: Services for Landscaping


Choose plants from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Vegetation Palette, which can reduce fire hazard and support native wildlife.

Developers of San Francisco parcels exceeding 5,000 sq. feet must comply with the Stormwater Management Ordinance - see guidelines.

Criteria for Services for Landscaping

Criteria for Required products and services:

All landscape contractors using pesticides on City properties must meet the requirements of the San Francisco Integrated Pest Management Ordinance requirements (Environment Code, Chapt. 3), including pesticide limitations on the current Reduced Risk Pesticide List:


Last updated

Last updated: 
March 23, 2014

Guide for City Staff

Citywide Contract

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

Resources for home landscapers/gardeners are available in the Bay Friendly Home Gardening Guide.

Guide for Large Organizations

  • Besides hiring a Bay Friendly Qualified Professional, it is important to specify "Bay Friendly Services" in scopes of work. See general Request for Proposals language for Bay Friendly Qualified Professionals. 
  • Contractors performing landscape renovations or maintenance on City properties must comply with the City's Integrated Pest Management Ordinance.  See sample contract language.

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