Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2017

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Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite A, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34 .95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. >> A Southern California landscape con- tractor and community volunteers came to- gether to work on a residential landscape project and used the funds generated to re - store habitat in the Cleveland National For- est. Back to Natives Restoration (BTN), a not for profit public charity, is a landscape con - tracting firm that uses its profits to fund na- tive plant habitat restoration on public lands. BTN was incorporated in 2007 and draws over 1,000 volunteers each year for its vari - ous landscape contracting and habitat resto- ration projects. The idea to build native plant landscapes came about a decade ago when Reginald Durant, executive director of BTN, began receiving numerous requests to consult on residential and commercial native plant land - scape projects. Durant began charging for these consultations and native plant services after homeowners and businesses were un - able to find contractors familiar with native plants and the unique methods of installing and maintaining them. To that end, Durant acquired his C-27 contractor's license on be - half of BTN in 2011 so that the organization could to enter into contracts to restore lands owned by government agencies. Before work at this residential project in Santa Ana, Calif., could get underway, a large nonnative tree, an existing wooden trellis and a flagstone path had to be removed. Over the course of two months three BTN employ - ees and four volunteers removed the existing landscaping and hardscape. The team installed an irrigation system and French style drain - age along with a brick path, a dry creek bed, native plants, a steel trellis and a rainwater harvesting system. All of the soil on site was put to good use. Rather than disposing of it after installing the drainage and pathways, Back to Natives used it to add topographical improvements to the yard. This created a sense of privacy for the seating area and provided the native plants with the slope aspect they prefer and the drainage that they require. On this residen - tial project, the plants and irrigation were in- stalled in two workshops during which com- munity members came for free workshops on how to install native plants and water wise irrigation. "The more people that go native, the more habitat we create for native animals," says Durant. "With the loss of habitat we have to make the most of the green spaces we have left." For more information on BTN, visit . If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: or call Andrew Soto at (714) 979-5276 x116. Story Ideas? 78 LC DBM Above, Left: Back to Natives Restoration (BTN), Santa Ana, Calif., is a nonprofit charity that is also a landscape-contracting firm. It uses the funds it raises from commercial and residential land- scaping services to restore habitat on public lands. At this residential property, BTN staff and volunteers removed the existing hardscape and installed a brick walkway, a dry creek bed, a steel trellis, fenc- ing, irrigation, and site-appropriate native plants. The funds generated from this native landscape instal- lation funded an entire season of invasive plant removal and mitiga- tion efforts at Elsinore Peak. Above, Right: BTN's work in the Elsinore Peak region of the Cleve- land National Forest focuses on the removal of invasive plants such as yellow star thistle and tocalote. Each season they remove 100 percent of the plant species they target from this area. This work is done almost entirely by hand. Contracting for the Environment By Andrew Soto, LC/DBM LC DBM OFF THE CLOCK

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