Monday, 25 May 2015

Santa Clara Nativescapes - Sustainable Native Landscaping

Creating a nativescape or native landscape design refers to a plan that works in harmony with your local climate and soils. By creating a sustainable Santa Clara landscape that’s adapted to your area’s rainfall and soil patterns, you can ensure that your greens flourish with nominal watering. Such a landscape would typically create minimal or no waste and won’t need fertilizers or pesticides. However, designing, implementing and maintaining an environmentally appropriate and sustainable native landscape needs a lot of planning, time, money and effort. So, you need to do your homework well before getting started.  

Here are some factors to remember while designing your Santa Clara nativescapes.


Begin with Healthy Soil

Healthy soil supports healthy plants. When your plants are robust, they are capable of resisting diseases, pests, drought and other stresses. Therefore, your first step is to create a healthy soil bed by applying mulch and compost and letting the soil organisms thrive. By breaking down the mulch, compost and plant clippings into vital nutrients, the soil organisms would ensure adequate nourishment of your plants and shrubs, once they are planted. Plants nourished this natural way would stay healthy and pest-resistant for a long time to come.

Plant the right plants

A crucial factor for planning a nativescape is selecting the right plants and the right location for them. You need to choose the plants that fit your landscape and then place them at the right position so that they get the right soil, adequate sunlight and space to grow and thrive in your yard. For example, if your landscape is flat and sunny with heavy or deep soil, you can opt for bunchgrasses, wildflowers and perennial plants such as Purple Needlegrass, Yarrow and Idaho Fescue respectively. 

In case you have a lawn with shade created by mature trees or a tall building, try using plants from the Oak Woodland community such as Coffeeberry, Hummingbird Sage and Pink-Flowering Current.

Water-wise landscaping

To conserve water, you should ideally group plants with similar watering needs. This way, you can provide them with the right amount of water. Also, use smart irrigation hardware such as flow sensors, landscape meters and hydrometers, which will help you water your plants efficiently apart from enjoying irrigation hardware rebates. 

Natural pest control

You can take several steps for natural weed and pest control. For example, planting native plants in a bunch that attract beneficial insects or make weed growth difficult will help combat invasion by weeds and pests. Again, you can use vinegars and herbicidal soaps, in addition to manually smothering weeds or removing them with tools, rather than using harmful chemicals and pesticides. 

Aren’t Santa Clara nativescapes expensive?

No, they aren’t. Though the installation costs of sustainable landscapes are similar to that of their conventional counterparts, they are less costly and easier to maintain in the long run. In case you have some budgetary constraints, you can always opt for installing the nativescape in phases rather than doing it for your entire yard at one go. 

You can do the job either on your own or hire landscaping services for fast, efficient and hassle-free results.  

If you are still debating whether you need a Santa Clara nativescape or not, we have just one thing to say: Nature has thrived with sustainable landscaping and so can you!