Fall is time to plant winter natives

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE


Douglas fir seedlings

Fall is the time to plant California natives. The weather is cooler, the first soaking rains are imminent and yet there is still plenty of good sunlight. These factors make for good initial foliage growth and root development.

The motivation for adding native plants comes down to one thing: water. Mariposa County enjoys a somewhat hot, but generally Mediterranean climate; we have cool winters, wet springs and dry summers.

California natives are adapted to our long,...

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