Digging Deeper

Maintaining your landscape

Nude buckwheat. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Practices for
long-term health

With a little love and the right information, your native garden can be a joy to maintain. In more than 50 as a native plant society, we’ve learned a lot about how to avoid mistakes and keep our landscapes healthy — and the learning never stops. Read on for helpful tips and a few important cautions.

Compared to introduced plants, locally native California plant species are likely to be less troubled by native “pest” organisms because they have co-evolved.

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Pruning. Credit Allison Levin
Pruning. Credit Allison Levin

To prune, or not to prune?

Learn when and how to prune to keep your landscape healthy and looking great!

Scantius aegyptius. Credit Brad Jenkins.
Scantius aegyptius. Credit Brad Jenkins.

Keep pests in check

Keep pests in check by allowing natural predator populations to control the problem for you.

Penstemon. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Penstemon. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Managing weeds

Keep weeds under control by applying mulch and minimizing artificial irrigation.

Invasive licorice plant. Credit Dan Gluesenkamp.
Invasive licorice plant. Credit Dan Gluesenkamp.

Don’t plant an invasive!

Keep invasive plants out!  They threaten California’s native biodiversity and ecosystems.

Credit Matt Teel.
Credit Matt Teel.

Propagating properly

Learn how to clean seeds, and propagate your own California native plants.

Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Clean nursery practices

CNPS supports clean nursery practices.  See helpful guidelines and resources from our phytopthora committee

Garden Q&A

See answers to common native gardening questions from our horticulture experts!

Garden Q&A