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The 3 Top Reasons to Landscape with California Native Plants

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Apr 19, 2016

 

 

Why landscape with native plants?

Here in the California Bay Area, we definitely have some challenges when it comes to landscaping. Drought and soil conditions can make choosing the right plant for your yard pretty tricky. However, landscaping with California native plants is easy and beneficial for you and for your yard, too!

Conserve water

Native Californian plants have adapted to the climate, soil conditions and water levels of where you live. Because of this, they can flourish with less water and maintenance than non-native plants. Choosing drought-tolerant native plants can help to ensure that your garden stays alive during our hot Californian summers. However, one thing to keep in mind is that drought-tolerant plants do still need water in their early stages (for one or two summers) in order for their root systems to establish. Do some research on your plant and the type of soil you have in order to determine how much watering is needed while your plant is still young.

Spend less time on maintenance

By landscaping with California-native plants, you will have to do much less work in the long run. Natives will grow to their natural size and remain there, unlike many invasive species that spread everywhere. Utilizing native plants in your garden will reduce the amount of pruning and yard waste. If you’re landscaping with natives that are drought tolerant, this will significantly reduce the amount of water required which saves you from establishing irrigation systems and helps to conserve water!

Boost your soil quality

Native plants also enhance your soil. They help to return indigenous bacteria, fungi, earthworms and other underground benefactors to the soil. Because native plants are adapted to the environment, the need for pesticides and fertilizer is reduced. Native plants help restore damaged soil ecology caused from pesticides.

To find California native plants for your location, check out the USDA’s climatic zone maps or Sunset magazine’s climate zones. These will help you discover which plants are adapted to your area. If your yard varies in the amount of sunlight it gets, find which plants prefer full sun versus the ones that thrive in part shade.

Here at Peninsula Siding Company we want to make sure your yard and home stay beautiful and functional. If you have any questions about home and yard maintenance, be sure to contact us!

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