Maintaining your native garden

If your native garden was installed properly there is almost no maintenance after the first year. Ok, the truth, it wasn't installed perfectly and those imperfections need some maintenance.

First look and make sure all the things that were installed wrong are corrected. Usually the first thing is to remove the drip. Look at the drip and irrigation pages for more information. Make sure you are watering correctly. Then, put the right mulch down if it wasn't put down.

Sometimes it's easier and cheaper just to replace the whole thing than maintain a disaster. Look for the causes of the problems, not just the problems.

Ok, you did that and all that is really wrong is they got the plant sizing wrong, so look at the pruning page. Or, all that is wrong was no weed control. For more general weed information look at the weeds page. Didn't know you had deer???, look at the deer pages or for other critter problems check out the critter pages.

Who's fencing who? With native plants, you should be able to maintain a garden without a fence. Wildlife live with the wild plants. - grid24_12
Deer Specific Problems: Leer at the Deer
Irrigation after planting with a hose. How to water after planting a native plant. - grid24_12

Or look at more Critter Problems

If something isn't quite right, the plants look funny and you can't figure out why, look at watering or look up each plant, something is probably off. Sun loving plants in shade, shade plants in sun. A plant that grows in the desert next to plants from Eureka means something is going to look bad.

People seem to think because someone is an 'expert' the expert knows all. Most experts just know more than you, read a little and you may know as much. Remember, a native garden should look like a clean and formal park. GENERALLY, the closer the garden is to the native habitat that was there, the less inputs it will require, the less diseases and pests it will have, and the prettier it will be. That's the great thing about native plants, they are native!

This is what the 30 year old purple sage looked like after pruning. Maintaining something every 30 years? An the garden looks good? - grid24_12
If you don't control the weeds first, it is difficult to grow a native garden. The higher the weed quantity, the lower the wildlife quality. Wildlife gardens should be maintained weed free. - grid24_12
Weeds and more weeds.
Diseases and native plants
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