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Native plants can help improve soil

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Native Plant Sale

  • When: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13
  • Where: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
  • Info: facebook.com/redbudplantsale.

Getting tired of trying to shovel into that hard clay soil? Want better soil but tired of adding bag after bag of compost? Many native plants offer a positive, natural, long-lasting way to improve soil.

The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will have their Native Plant Sale on Oct. 13. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Native Plants for Healing the Land,” the sale will feature natives that can aid in situations such as poor soil, increasing the soil richness and workability, low-water landscaping, retaining moisture, erosion, fire recovery, and improving wildlife habitat.

The roots of many native bunch grasses for instance, penetrate 10, even 20, feet. Over time, this helps break up heavy clay soils and release long-trapped minerals, making the soil looser and more nutrient-available for plants.

Plants at the sale will include not only popular garden natives but hand-selected, locally native and locally adapted, low-water California native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and seeds from native plant nurseries. In addition, Redbud members have been growing a wide variety of hard-to-find native plants.

Expert native-plant gardeners will be available to share information on choosing plants for specific needs and locations, and to highlight pollinator-friendly, drought-tolerant, fire-resistant, and lawn-alternative plants.