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Native plants that thrive beside Chico’s Lindo Channel

Chico >> Chico’s Lindo Channel, also known as Sandy Gulch, is a seasonal waterway that serves as a flood control channel. The soil has significant percentages of sand and cobble, further enhancing summer dryness. Since moving beside it in 1991, I have established a drip irrigation system to help establish native plants on the bank. What has worked for me along the channel could also work in a variety of gardening conditions.

I have separated the plants according to size (and therefore purpose), forming three articles: today’s article on large trees, and two more articles on smaller shrub-trees and shrubs, which will appear in this column in the coming weeks. Each article will describe plants that have been successful in gardening conditions along the Lindo Channel, and indicate the variety of insects, birds, and mammals that make their homes in them.

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