Do California native plants require extensive soil amendments and fertilizers?
No. Typically, California native plants do not need artificial fertilizer additives or organic amendments. These plants, if regional, are adapted to soils low in fertility and organic matter and a soil pH range of 7.2 – 7.5. However, if you were to add a small quantity of blood and bone meal within the root zone, the native plants would respond favorably to this practice. These are organic type fertilizers with a very slow release of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous). Great drainage and irrigation practices are huge keys to success when growing California native plants.

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1. Does CBWCD provide rebates for artificial turf or other turf removal?
2. Do you recommend putting in artificial turf to save water?
3. How do I get started trading my thirsty lawn for a more drought-tolerant landscape?
4. How do I kill existing turf to be replaced by drought tolerant plant materials?
5. Do I have to plant all California natives in order to save water?
6. Do California native plants require extensive soil amendments and fertilizers?
7. Are all California native plants drought tolerant?
8. What types of irrigation do drought tolerant landscapes require?
9. Can I water plants with water from the washer?