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May 2, 2024 0 Comments

The Benefits of Incorporating California Natives in Your Landscape

Introducing California Native plants into your outdoor landscape will bring you so many benefits. These indigenous species not only add aesthetic appeal to your outdoor space but also offer the environment you need for your gardening endeavors. Let's dive into why planting California natives in your Northern California landscape is a choice is you won't regret.

Embracing the Natural Beauty of Northern California

Northern California is renowned for its stunning floral displays, from the golden hues of California poppies to the cheerful blooms of daffodils and lupines. By incorporating these native florals into your landscape, you can capture the essence of the region's natural beauty right in your own backyard.

You can enhance any garden with vibrant wildflowers. Whether you opt for the brilliance of poppies or the serene elegance of native grasses, each plant adds its unique charm to the color of your landscape. Not only do these native flowers brighten up your yard, but they also provide valuable resources for local wildlife, ensuring a harmonious balance between aesthetics and ecology.

Water Conservation and Sustainability

Northern California is no stranger to water scarcity, especially during drought periods. Fortunately, California native plants are well-adapted to the region's Mediterranean climate, making them inherently drought-tolerant once established. Their deep root systems enable them to access moisture from deeper soil layers, reducing the need for frequent irrigation.

By choosing native species for your landscape, you not only conserve water but also lessen the reliance on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants have evolved defenses against local pests and diseases, requiring minimal intervention to thrive. This eco-friendly approach to gardening fosters a more sustainable relationship between humans and the environment, aligning with the principles of conservation and stewardship.

Promoting Pollinators and Birds

One of the most significant advantages of incorporating California native plants into your landscape is their ability to support local pollinators and bird species. These plants have co-evolved with native insects and birds over centuries, providing them with essential food sources and habitats. By planting natives such as California poppies, ceanothus, and manzanita, you create a welcoming environment for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other beneficial creatures.

Butterflies will flutter from flower to flower, the birds will chirp as they seek refuge among the branches of native shrubs. By nurturing these vital components of the ecosystem, you contribute to the overall health and resilience of Northern California's biodiversity.

Tired of spending countless hours tending to your garden? California native plants offer a solution with their low maintenance requirements. Once established, these species typically require little to no supplemental watering, pruning, or fertilizing, saving you time and effort in the long run.

Say goodbye to the constant struggle against invasive weeds and pest infestations. Native plants are well-suited to Northern California's conditions, outcompeting invasive species and providing a natural barrier against unwanted intruders. With minimal input, you can enjoy a thriving landscape that reflects the beauty and diversity of the region's native flora.

In conclusion, planting California natives in your Northern California landscaping is a decision that benefits both you and the environment. By promoting pollinators and birds, conserving water, reducing maintenance efforts, and embracing the region's floral diversity, you can create a sustainable and visually captivating outdoor space that reflects the essence of Northern California's natural heritage. So, why wait? Start your native plant journey today and reap the rewards for years to come and call Weiss for all of your native-plant needs!


Here are some examples of amazing plants and flowers you can use to upgrade your landscape!


California Poppy                           California Tree Anemone


Hollyleaf Cherry                           Silver Lupine


March 26, 2024 0 Comments

Spring Irrigation Start-Up Guide

The daffodils are blooming here in Nevada County, you know what that means – spring is here! But before you get carried away with planting and tending to your landscape, there's one essential task that should be at the top of your to-do list: spring irrigation start-up.

Proper irrigation is the backbone of any thriving landscape. It ensures that your plants receive the right amount of water at the right times, fostering healthy growth and vibrant colors. To help you kickstart your spring gardening endeavors, we've put together a comprehensive guide to spring irrigation start-up for landscaping.

Assess Your System

Before you turn on your irrigation system, take some time to inspect it thoroughly. Check for any visible signs of damage, such as leaks, broken sprinkler heads, or clogged nozzles. Make sure all valves and connections are intact and functioning correctly. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage and water wastage.

Clean and Clear

Over the winter months, debris, dirt, and even small critters may have found their way into your irrigation system. Start by clearing away any debris from around sprinkler heads and valves. Then, flush out the system by running water through it to remove any built-up sediment or blockages. This will help ensure smooth water flow and prevent potential damage to your equipment.

Check the Controller

Your irrigation controller serves as the brain of your system, allowing you to schedule watering times and durations. Take some time to review and update your watering schedule to align with the changing needs of your landscape as it transitions into spring. Ensure that the date and time settings are accurate and consider programming in some flexibility to adjust for weather fluctuations.

Test for Efficiency

Before you fully commit to your spring watering schedule, it's essential to test the efficiency of your irrigation system. Run a manual test cycle to observe how water is distributed across your landscape. Pay attention to coverage areas, ensuring that every inch of your lawn and garden receives adequate moisture. Adjust sprinkler heads or nozzle settings as needed to achieve uniform watering.

Embrace Smart Technology

Incorporating smart irrigation technology into your system can take the guesswork out of watering and help you conserve water more effectively. Consider installing weather-based controllers that adjust watering schedules based on real-time weather data. These controllers can optimize watering times and durations to prevent overwatering during periods of rain or high humidity. Call Weiss Landscaping to upgrade your current controller, (530) 271-7478.

Monitor and Maintain

Once your irrigation system is up and running, don't just set it and forget it. Regular monitoring and maintenance are crucial to ensuring optimal performance throughout the growing season. Keep an eye out for any signs of leaks, malfunctions, or inefficiencies, and address them promptly. Periodically check and adjust your watering schedule based on seasonal changes and the specific needs of your plants.

By following these steps for spring irrigation start-up, you'll be well on your way to creating a lush and thriving landscape that will be the envy of the neighborhood. So, grab your gardening gloves and get ready to watch your greenery flourish under the gentle embrace of a well-maintained irrigation system. Happy gardening!

Here at Weiss Landscaping, we have specific guidelines for getting your landscape spring-ready!

Weiss Landscaping Spring Guidelines:


Spring (has almost) sprung!  All plants and trees should be pruned back.  Soil temperatures are still low, but days are warmer which means most plants will be budding and leafing out but not bolting.  The most important thing now is eradicating spring and winter weeds before they go to seed.


Time for your Irrigation System Check ~ Make sure all valves operate from the controller. Check all sprinkler heads for proper rotation, coverage, head angle, head depth and leaks.  Uncover and verify all drip emitters are putting out water. Adjust emitter location as needed to water root zone of plant (typically at the drip line; NOT the trunk).  Clean drip filters.  Clean additional filters.  Set spring water schedule.  Check/replace batteries in timers and smart controller weather transmitters.

Fertilization: (either organic or synthetic depending on your preference)

Organic: lawn with Dr. Earth Super Natural 9-3-5

Shrubs with Dr. earth life 5-5-5

Synthetic: lawn and shrubs with best 6-24-24

Deciduous Trees:

Begin to prune sucker growth while its small (shoots less than 12’’ long can often be rubbed/broken off for a cleaner effect)

Evergreen Trees:

Begin to prune sucker growth while its small

Prune “candles” if you are wanting to increase branch density and control growth.

*Note: most evergreen trees require very little care and are best left alone except to prune out dead, dying or diseased branches.

Deciduous Shrubs: (enjoy flowers and new growth)

Evergreen Shrubs:

In early spring fertilize Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas with an acid fertilizer for good flower production.

Perennials: should be cut back and showing signs of life at the base or at winter cuts

Ground covers: should be starting to grow

Grasses: should already be cut back and starting to show signs of life.

Vines: should be starting to grow


Enjoy the bulbs coming up. When bloom is finished wait for stalks to wither up to a crispy brown before removing. I know it’s hard to wait and they get ugly.  Tying them into “knots” helps keep them tidy.


Put mower lower than normal and mow lawns 1 time this way to suck up and remove winter debris and thatch (this mow should be bagged; future mows can be mulched if desired). After this mow raise mower to the height you prefer sharpen the blade of the mower.


Stay on top of weeds by whatever means you are most comfortable with (sprays, hand pull, scuffle hoe, etc). It’s better to get them when they are small and before they go to seed.


General post-winter clean-up will be in order: Lingering winter storms will continue to create small amounts of leaves, needles, sticks and pinecones that need to be cleaned up. This is the time of years to get detailed with cleanup efforts.  Get in and under shrubs to remove accumulated debris.  Remove pine needles by hand from ornamental tree branches.

Light refreshing of mulch, as needed. Evaluate mulch every three years for a fresh look and to maintain a 2” to 4” depth.

We hope this helps with getting your landscape spring-ready!