Prepping and Planting

Installing your landscape

Permeable path. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Preparing for planting day

If you’re new to gardening with native California plants, or if you’ve tried natives before without much success, this section is  for you. Native plants are not difficult to grow as long as you choose the right plants for your location and follow some basic rules of thumb. However, you need to think about California natives and treat them a little differently than the usual lawn and roses. The information that follows is intended to get you off to a good start on the road to a beautiful natural garden.

This dedicated time when you first begin can really help budget time and material resources.
– Peyton Ellas

Learn how

Sheet Mulching. Credit Kristen Wernick.
Sheet Mulching. Credit Kristen Wernick.

Removing lawn

Sheet mulching decomposes grass into healthy soil for your new plants.

Credit Liv O'Keeffe.
Credit Liv O’Keeffe.

Soil 101

Determine your soil type, and learn why it is important to avoid disturbing your soil!

Credit Greg Suba.
Credit Greg Suba.

How to plant a native

Follow these tips and tricks to give your California native plants a healthy start.

Mulch and monkey flower. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Mulch and monkey flower. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Mulching

Retain moisture, feed your soils, and insulate your plants from heat and cold.

Small creek created for irrigation. Credit Dennis Mudd.
Small creek created for irrigation. Credit Dennis Mudd.

Watering

Learn how to establish new your plants, and how much to water for long-term health.

Great horned owl. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Great horned owl. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Garden Q&A

Get your toughest questions answered by an experienced California native plant gardener!

Ready to buy your plants?

Visit Calscape.org to find a nursery near you! Check inventory right from the site, and create your own plant lists that you can take with you to the nursery.

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Watering tip

Water deeply and infrequently to encourage plant roots to spread far and wide, and help them find their own sources of water in the drier months.