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Kiss Your Lawn Goodbye: Switch to Native Plants

What do you plant when the grass is gone? You removed the grass. Or it died and you want to remove it. You want to go native -- everyone's doing it. And it's good for the birds and bees. But how? Here's a handy online tool to help you grow wildflowers and find drought-tolerant plants that birds and bees love!

Plant Finder

Before you say, hey, wait a minute, I'm in Pacifica or Half Moon Bay, not San Francisco. Check it out. We've got similar habitats here on the Coastside. This tool will help you pick plants, find places to buy those plants, and get help if you need even more information on how to make your yard drought-resistant and pollinator-friendly. Then watch the birds and bees enjoying your new yard!

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Ditched my lawn years ago. Now no lawnmower (saving time and storage space) and hardly any watering. The water district once asked after seeing my bill if I had been on vacation.
Coffee berry, coyote bush, and manzanita (local variety) are inexpensive natives that spread out nicely and offer food/habitat for wildlife (birds, not rats). A durable tree (or bush, depending on how you trim it) that pollinators like is ceanothus ("California lilac").
You might need to go to a nursery, not Home Depot, to find these.

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