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Planting in the summer when the soil is hot and dry decreases your chances of a successful landscape. Who wants to buy plants twice due to poor planning? Begin shopping for your plant list at local native plant nurseries and purchase during the big fall plant sales!
Most drought-tolerant California native plants want winter water and flourish best when planted when soils are cooler and moister.
If turf is removed or landscape planning proceeds, use summer months to design the landscape, prepare soil, remove/control weeds, install hardscape (pathways, birdbaths) and stormwater infiltration features.