California Native Plant Society Fire Recovery Landscaping Tips
Replanting with native plants can use less water and, in some cases, offer fire resistance to house hardening efforts, according to the California Native Plant Society.
“We extend our sincere condolences to all those who lost property in the destructive Caldor fire,” said Alice Cantelow, President of the El Dorado Chapter of CNPS. “As homes are rebuilt, we hope people realize that native plants can be useful for habitat and often fire resistant, especially if planted in places well spaced from other vegetation. . As we all know, rebuilding with fire-reinforced houses and carefully spaced plantations will go a long way in creating more fire-resistant communities. “
Breeding for native plants can be a daunting task, according to the California Native Plant Society, but the company offers a wealth of resources to help landowners make the right decisions for their location. To help you choose the right native plants, visit calscape.org.
For more information on fire recovery, including replanting, natural growth, tree health, and a host of other fire recovery topics, visit cnps.org/give/priority-initiatives/fire-recovery. After the Paradise fire, Butte County produced a document titled “Fire Recovery Resources for Homeowners” which contains a wealth of information on the subject. It can be found at bcrcd.org/fire-recovery-resources-for-landowners. CNPS also produces a useful document at cnps.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/cnps-fire-recovery-guide-2019.pdf.
The California Native Plant Society, El Dorado Chapter is hosting two upcoming events:
Sale of plants
The sale of native plants will be online only, from September 24 to October 9. Buyers can choose from a special selection of plants purchased from the best native plant growers in Northern California, especially El Dorado County. The chapter’s new plant sales web page is at shop.edcnps.org. (Not active before September 24). Buyers can also find the link on the Homegrown Habitat Facebook page, a page for native plant gardening in El Dorado County.
Chapter members recommend shopping early for the best selection. Perennial grasses, shrubs, trees and ground covers will be available in 4 inch pots and 1 gallon sizes. CNPS members will be able to make their purchases two days before the sale to the public and will benefit from a 10% discount on all purchases made during the sale. Purchases must be paid for at the time of online purchase with credit cards. All sales are final. A limited number and selection of plants will also be available for purchase at pickup.
Order pickup will be Saturday, October 16, by appointment, noon to 3 p.m., in the parking lot in front of the El Dorado County Government Center, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville. The meeting time will be generated automatically when you leave.
A landscape primer
At the EDC-CNPS September 28 meeting, Dr. Debra Ayres will introduce guests to the inner workings of landscaping. She will guide everyone in the analysis of the landscape using their questionnaire (tinyurl.com/Gardenanalyze ), giving specific examples of how the process works (see before and after images below). Finally, she will discuss plant breeding featuring plants native to California. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Register online at tinyurl.com/EDC-CNPS.
The El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is always ready to answer all of your questions. They can be found at facebook.com/ElDoradoCNPS.