Whether you own a small plot of land or a ranch outside of town, you may want or need to refurbish your overgrown, unsightly landscaping. With a few steps, your property can be sustainable and beautiful. Here are three ways to reach your gardening goals.
1. Remove Invasive Plants
Invasive plants are trees, shrubs, and weeds that aren't native to the Santa Clara Valley. Many of these plants are natives of Asia, and they have remarkable abilities to overtake all of the vegetation in their vicinity.
Invasive plants choke out native plants that provide habitat and food for wildlife. They decrease plant diversity and eventually destroy expensive landscaping if not cut back and controlled.
Have your tree service check your property for invasive plants. They can dig up these plants and trees to be replaced with more suitable plants.
Some invasive species to have cleared away include:
- Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana). The seeds of this grass are wind-borne for 20 miles, and the grass itself is a serious fire hazard.
- Scarlet wisteria (Sesbania punicea). Birds carry these seeds to water, choking out creeks and streams.
- Broom shrubs (Cytisus scoparius, Cytisus striatus, Genista monspessulana, Spartium junceum). These are planted for showy flowers and rapid growth, but they have invaded over 1 million acres of California habitat.
Your tree service is a great resource when replanting. Ask for recommendations of the appropriate native plants to grow in place of invasive plants. When shopping for replacement plants, avoid invasive species at garden centers and nurseries. Some retail plant sellers offer invasive plants for sale without warning buyers or labeling their plants as such.
2. Have Your Soil Tested for Sustainability
The Santa Clara Valley region has many different types of soils. In the low-lying areas, clay is predominant. In upper valley regions, the soil is more a loam or loam-gravel mix. In the hills, the soil is often an eroded clay-loam mixture.
Each of these soils needs amendments to grow tender plants and trees. The only way to know what the soil lacks is to have it analyzed by the experts. They check for levels of:
- Soil pH (acid or alkaline)
- Organic matter
If soils are extremely acid or alkaline — or if nutrient levels are too low — your tree service explains how to correct the soil to grow healthy plants. Your new trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants get off to a great start in the refreshed soil.
3. Select Easy Native Plants for Success
Gardeners and property owners in California are fortunate to have a wide array of easy-to-grow native plants from which to choose. The temperate climate of Northern California is likened to a Mediterranean climate, so an abundant list of plants call California home.
You get many benefits when you plant native trees. The trees are more suited to the local soils, rainfall, and sunshine amounts. Local and migrating birds recognize the trees and use them as habitat. Native trees are also often able to withstand drought and fluctuating temperatures better than non-native trees.
When you choose new trees for your landscape, ask your tree service for advice on the best specimens to install. They may ask if you prefer deciduous or evergreen trees in your landscape. Maples, oaks, and other deciduous trees normally lose all of their leaves in the fall. Evergreens like conifers remain green year-round and are great choices for tall hedges, windbreaks, and foundation plants.
Native trees vary greatly in their height and width ranges. Some trees may grow only 40 feet high, while others soar over 80 feet in height. Your tree service will recommend the varieties of native trees that fit your landscape needs and dimensions.Refresh your scruffy, unkempt, and overgrown areas today by contacting the experts at Imperial Tree. We'll schedule a thorough, professional clearing of your property.