OUTLINE OF OUR TRANSFORMATION FROM LAWN JUNKIES TO WILDLIFE OBSERVERS
Thanks again to Susan Garbert of Cricket Landscapes who provided the guidance, planting and coaching.
- December 2007--lawn areas were sheet mulched.
- Downspouts extended under the mulched area to capture and store rainwater in the ground
- June 2008--first plantings of low water plants. 60% native and the rest, Mediterranean
- June 2009--Garden in full bloom. Added sunflowers which attracted additional bees and birds.
- April 2010--Thriving, blooming plantings that attract, provide shelter, water, and food for bees, birds, lizards, etc.
- No irrigation other than handwatering as needed.
- Plantings include pineapple guava, California currant, herbs and indigenous medicinals.
We are starting our third year with the "new" habitat and the land has produced several additional native plantings which have been distrbuted to other gardeners.