Happenings on the Coast ~ The nonprofit Coastside Land Trust has inherited a piece of history with the Purissima Property. Watch the local papers as they will be inviting the public to join them in restoring the old Purissima site back to a usable natural resource.
Taking care of our coastside lands are invaluable not only for our environment but helping our future generations to enjoy a bit of our history and coastal landscapes. Just as important, is learning to take care of your land on your property and learning to live hand-in-hand with our local wildlife.
Having wildlife in your coastal home garden doesn’t have to be catastrophic. It’s all in how you look at the benefits of sharing land with those little creatures. Those that have a bad reputation can actually be a good helper in your garden.
Birds may do a number on your berries but have you thought about all the insects invading your garden and eating your leaves, which the birds prey on and control for you? Snakes actually keep down the population of gophers and mice. Moles, while seemingly getting a bad rap, keep your lawn free of grubs.
Still not sold on wildlife in your yard? How about the gophers, deer, raccoons and skunks that keep our brains active by coming up with creative and effective ways to outsmart them.
Here are just a few pointers on some of the most common annoyances that may be taking up residence in your garden:
Although many people go to great lengths to rid them from their lawns, they really can be beneficial to some extent. Moles can eat up to 600 grubs a night, keeping the population under control. Their tunnels, as long as they don’t get out of control, can help to aerate your lawn.
These little guys are all over the Bay Area including our coastal communities. They live in established territories, making them easy to eradicate at least temporarily. However, once you get rid of some others will come to occupy the tunnels. Owls are a natural predator to help at least control the population. If poisons and traps are not your style, a natural way to help rid yourself of these critters is to protect your plants by using stainless steel planting baskets, putting stainless steel gopher wire beneath raised beds, and using flashing to create protective collars. Gophers are not climbers by nature so this will help to protect your garden.
Unless you have a dog, skunks aren't really as bad as they seem to your garden. They eat mice and gophers and even dig up and destroy yellow jacket nests. A simple fence around your garden is usually sufficient to keep them out since they aren’t climbers.
These cute, but mischievous, critters can wreak havoc around your home and garden. There are short-term solutions for frightening them away but raccoons will quickly get used to the noise, lights and even scarecrows. Cleaning up around the area and removing any wood piles, overgrown shrubbery or other debris will help keep them from building a den. Make sure to keep their favorite treat, cat food, inside and sealed or you may just find a raccoon inside the house as a dinner guest!
They do have their benefits in that they love snails – even without garlic. However, if raccoons have become a big problem, you may want to look into a low-charge electric fencing to keep them at bay.
It’s very important to put gardening and wildlife into perspective and try to respect both while taking care of your property and the areas surrounding it. We love having nature and wildlife right out our back door all the while still enjoying the short distance to the city.
Together, we can all preserve what makes our coastal communities “home” for generations to come. If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.
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