4 key concepts:
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!
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!
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