How to Plant and Maintain Native Plants

How to Plant California Native Plants

How to Maintain California Native Plants

  • Weed around your native plant consistently to avoid competition. 

  • Re-mulch your native plant as needed. 

  • Water your native plant no more than 2 gallons per week for the first year (some can even be watered biweekly or monthly!). After the first year, when your native plant is established, it will survive solely on California’s annual rainfall - so no more watering ever again! 

Where to purchase California native plants

The Audubon Center at Debs Park does not sell native plants, however stay tuned for periodic giveaways. Many large garden supply store chains unfortunately may not stock native plants. Below are a few local vendors:

Getting Mulch

Mulching around your native plant garden helps prevent the growth of invasive species, retains water for your native plants, and provides the plants with important nutrients as it decomposes. Mulch can be purchased at most home and garden stores, such as Home Depot or Lowes. The City of LA also has a number of locations where you can load up on FREE mulch (self-serve)

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