HABITAT RESTORATION

The health of plants and animals depends on having a rich biodiversity throughout an ecosystem to ensure balance. Gardens play host to a number of different organisms above as well as below the ground that protect and give life to the landscape. Many of our conventional lawn care and agriculture techniques damage or destroy the habitat that keeps these critters healthy. Restoring native habitat can be done at any scale, whether it's in the forest, field, stream, or even balcony, when we keep in mind

4 key concepts:

WATER RECHARGE

Everything around us needs water to live. But too much water, especially when it's moving too fast, can simply just ruin everything! So we look too take every opportunity to slow, spread, and sink water in the landscape. When water moves slow everyone grows!

DIVERSITY

Most edible plants need pollinators to produce food, so why not set out the red carpet for butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, blue belly lizards, bees and so many more!

POLLINATION

If you like hummingbirds, forget a conventional feeder with that nutritionless sugarwater. Instead let's plant some salvias, epilobiums or any other native plant that produces nectar for them! It's that easy! Now just imagine how many other nectar eater you could attract throughout your landscape!

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)

And don’t forget beneficial insects that predate on what we consider pests! I’m referring to insects like hover flies, parasitic wasps, and of course the classic lady bug. Do you have a gopher problem?... Then how about an owl box or a raptor perch to attract those that eat gophers? You don’t need poisons and you can avoid traps if you create a setting in which nature can maintain balance on its own.

 

 

 

So how do we build habitat?

Drought-tolerant & Native Plantings Being Water Wise

Being Water Wise ~ Water is always a focus of landscapes here in California. So why not utilize the amazingly beautiful native plants that grow right here! They can handle the long dry year with almost no maintenance once established. And they play vital roles in the life cycles of many of our native and migratory critters.

Aromatic & Pollinator Gardens Purposeful Planting

Gardens that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators are essential to the health of an ecosystem and food production. These beautiful gardens are rich to the eyes and the nose since they are planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar and pollen for a wide range of pollinating insects. Without pollinators we would have no food. So let's invite them in and make them welcome!

Erosion & Flood Mitigation Slow it, Spread it & Sink it

Poorly managed landscapes shows signs of erosion and loss of topsoil, not too mention unnatural flooding often due to mechanical flattening of land and straightening of waterways as well as displacements of wetlands and dominance of impervious surfaces. Strategic earth-shaping paired with appropriate plantings can slow surface water, spread it out and allow it to infiltrate to reduce erosion and flooding while recharging the local water table.

Wildlife Corridors Where the Wild Things Are

Wildlife are moving throughout the environment all day and night. They each are an integral part of the greater ecosystem and its health. Wildlife corridors connect wildlife populations to each other that would otherwise be separated by human activities or structures. This not only creates habitat for wildlife but also discourages them from doing damage to other parts of the land.

Soil Health Life Down Below

You can't have a garden, an orchard, or food for that matter without soil...and all the microscopic critters that live there. There are many way to improve the soil health on your property no matter what state it's in. We use strategic applications of compost, compost tea, biological extracts, mycorrhizal inoculants, cover-cropping, etc. We offer microscopic analysis for both chemical and biological soil studies.

Beneficial Hedgerows A Home for So Many

The basic structure of hedgerows offer homes for many beneficial critters, natural privacy screening, and living fence for larger animals. But when filled with native and edible plantings, they need almost no maintenance once established. They are beautiful and amazingly functional. LEARN MORE

Owl Boxes A Quite Respite

Bat Boxes A Place to Hang Around

Raptor Perches Eyes in the Skies