It Takes a Village to Restore a Native Habitat
We are doing the planting by hand, not using any heavy or light equipment, strategically placing some 470 plants and installing deer fencing and reduced deficit irrigation.
The goal is to create a "coastal shrub" or “soft chaparral" type of ecosystem. Trees that we are planting include the Sticky Monkey Flower, Silver and Yellow Bush Lupines, Chaparral Currant, Pink-Flowering Currant, and Black Sage. The smaller plants include the Foothill Penstemon, Wavy Soaproot, Douglas Iris, California Scorpionweed, Hummingbird Sage, and Pine Bee Flower. Grasses include California Fescue, Idaho Fescue, and Blue Rush.
This selection of indigenous vegetation will delight the insects, birds, reptiles and mammals that inhabit and enhance our little part of the magnificent Santa Cruz Mountains!