Digging Deeper

A Garden for All Seasons

Leafy reed grass (Calamagrostis foliosa), hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea), and clustered field sedge (Carex praegracilis) under apple trees; Image: Suzi Katz

With a little love and the right information, your native garden can be a joy to maintain all year long. Read on for helpful tips on how to nurture your growing space and see it thrive.

Tips and Techniques

Swale basin with water; Image: Doreen Jones

Watering 101

How do you make the best use of rainfall and give plants the additional water they need?

Credit Robert Hall.
Image: Robert Hall

All About Pruning

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

Scantius aegyptius. Credit Brad Jenkins.
Scantius aegyptius; Image: Brad Jenkins

Managing Pests

Natural predators, organic solutions, and a live-and-let-live mentality will help.

Credit Adobe.
Dandelion; Image: Adobe

Keeping Weeds at Bay

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

Poppies and clarkia. Credit Amina Sharma.
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata); Image: Amina Sharma

Seeding Wildflowers

Learn how you can make your wildest wildflower dreams a reality.

Monardella villosa (coyote mint)
coyote mint (Monardella villosa)

Drought and Gardening

Learn how to plant natives with Haven Kiers, an assistant professor of landscape architecture.

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Adelpha californica. Credit William Lundgren.
Adelpha californica; Image: William Lundgren
Credit Tony Tubbs.
Hummingbird with scarlet bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius); Image: Tony Tubbs
Bumblebee on redbud. Photo: Charlotte Torgovitsky, Bob and Mieko Watkins
Bumblebee on western redbud (Cercis occidentalis) Image: Charlotte Torgovitsky, Bob and Mieko Watkins