Native Landscapingin your garden.
A few reasons for a gardener to consider a native landscape.
1. Active gardeners with no time. A native garden
is much easier to maintain. Normal maintenance of a native garden
after the third year is about 2 hours per acre per month.
When older gardeners with the will but with
physical limitations change to native backyard gardening they're
shocked to find they can garden again! Natives can be maintained
by professionals with a commercial schedule of once every month or
two. The homeowner can help with 1 hour of dead-heading or minor
weeding a week.
2. Fire. In many
fire prone areas a minimal
landscape with site specific natives is the best
3. Deer and other wildlife
are generally a plus in
native gardens, not a problem. You can watch them cruise through
your front door, down the side walk to the backyard and hop the
fence into the neighbors yard, never eating a plant in your
Many of our jobs have had no water on site. Many of our
plantings have never been watered, ever. Other native gardens are
being watered once a week. A native garden can be designed to be
either totally drought tolerant or very similar to a conventional
garden. California is very diverse, and a native garden can be really
wild if you wish it.
5. The environmental pluses include:
Wildlife can live in the garden,
backyard, patio and you can enjoy them!
Non-native wildlife go and bother the neighbors. (Rats come to
c. Much lower inputs. The landscape becomes self
tolerant and easy care maintenance.
d. In many areas the only sites left for the rare
butterflies) are the backyard native landscapes.
In some areas of California there are no 'wild' native sites
within 5-10 miles of the native landscaping. We have seen hundreds
of butterflies in small backyards or even busy street corners. The
butterflies and hummingbirds
don't care much. At dusk one planting
was alive with moths of all things. What was really
cool was that they all moved in unison as I moved. I couldn't
figure it out for a while as there were at least a thousand or
more, all the moths moved 1-2 feet over every time I stepped
forward. The illusion was the 50 foot hedge moved 2-3 feet. If you
experience this once, life changes.
Although we are still landscape contractors(#345678),
we went inactive a few years ago. Sorry, the last job we actually
install was more than 20 years ago. Our residential jobs ranged from
20-30 ft. to 2 acres. Our first native landscaping job was in 1974 in a
backyard in San Luis Obispo.
More examples see our Native Garden Examples.
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