Now that fall is soon upon us, and hopefully the rainy season as well, the time is perfect to plant California natives. Many gardeners have issues and great frustration with the deer interfering with their planting plans. I happen to love and respect these animals, and from personal experience know that it is possible to create a beautiful native garden despite the presence of deer. You can have it all; a wonderful habitat rich in natural resources, complete with the native wildlife; your own zoological parkland !
I've summarized some simple steps for success below; if you care to know a lot more about the Columbian Black-tailed deer that live throughout the Bay Area, read my "Gardening in Deer Country' essays in Home Ground's resources pages.
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH YOUR GARDEN ZONE
1 –Familiarize yourself with native plants that grow wild in areas close to your home by participating in naturalist’s led hikes.
2 – Go to http://Calscape.CNPS.org, where visitors can enter their street address to get a list of native plants that are most appropriate for your locale.