We bought a house in the middle of the city, a small lot surrounded by other houses, and decided to convert it to California Native plants for wildlife. We took out the lawns, front and back, and got a rebate from the Santa Clara Country Water district. We took out a ton of cement, rerouted rainwater to stay on site, and use no pesticides or fertilizer (except on the non-native citrus plants).
The majority of the garden was installed in the fall of 2008. Except for the stone path on the sideyard and the planting of the dogwoods, everything has been designed by me and planted by my husband and myself.
The yard is coming back to life.
Aug 2, 2009