Certified Wildlife Habitat, Butterfly and Monarch Garden

low water usage plantingCelebrating mother earth           

Gachina Landscape Management is proud to announce the successful installation of another stunning, sustainable garden at a corporate campus in the Bay Area. This garden received three certifications: Certified Wildlife Habitat via The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF), and both Certified Butterfly and Monarch Gardens through The North American Butterfly Association (NABA). The garden was designed to be sustainable and compatible to local wildlife. Existing plant material was removed and drought tolerant, native plant material was installed. Irrigation was adjusted to provide maximum water efficiency and conservation. 

certified butterfly habitatsCertified Wildlife Habitats create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. This is Gachina’s third certified wildlife habitat.

Throughout the year, multiple plants will bloom at different times and in a variety of colors. Flowering trees will provide a feast for pollinators. A bountiful of evergreen plants will provide foliage, nectar, pollen, berries and seeds for squirrels, butterflies, hummingbirds, Blue Jays and other birds. Birdbaths and extra feeders are strategically positioned and replenished to provide an extra water and food source to insects and birds. All around the newly planted section, the established landscape will represent the perfect shelter and a place to raise their young. In order to maintain a natural balance of the wildlife, herbicides and pesticides bird feedersapplications are not implemented in this area.

Certified Butterfly and Monarch Gardens provide a garden space that creates a paradise for butterflies while encouraging habitat restoration by providing essential elements needed by monarchs – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places and food for larvae, butterflies young stage. This is Gachina’s third certified monarch garden and first certified butterfly garden.

native california plantingsThe introduction of a butterflies’ habitat has several environmental benefits:

·         Use of native plants – they are hardier and require less resources to survive.

·         Chemical applications are avoided to protect larvae and adults.

·         Birds and beneficial insects such as lady bugs and praying mantis are attracted to the same habitats.

·         Most important, butterflies are the second, after bees, most important pollinator.

The client partnered with Gachina on this project to commemorate earth day and the importance of our wildlife and mother earth. Gachina is proud to partner with companies that care about their carbon footprint.

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Gachina Landscape is proud to participate in National Pollinator Week June 17-23; a time to celebrate pollinators. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help spread the word and what you can do to protect them. Contact us today at 866.266.2940 to learn more.

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