Monday, June 4. 2007
We here at savethechaparral.org are proponents of preserving native chaparral ecosystems, whether in large or small pieces. That said, we recognize that not everyone is going to convert their urban/suburban yard to a viable piece of chaparral habitat. We hope that everyone will at least try to plant native species as much as possible. But if you do plant non-native ones, please be careful of what you plant. Some species are very fire prone - not a good thing to be planting in our neighborhoods! And some species are very invasive. Invasive means that they will self-propagate and spread outside of your original planting, and will crowd out our native species.
Here is a link to an organization which is resisting the use and spread of invasive non-native plants. Please bookmark it and use it when selecting the plants for your yard.
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