What Is Native Plants
We are an affiliation of scientists, designers, suppliers and contractors
working together to deliver a cost effective, turn-key solution to the challenges
of re-establishing native plant growth in harsh environments.
Why Hire Us?
We deliver consistent, successful results. We grow native plants where
others can't. We leave nothing to chance.
How Do We Do It?
We use cutting-edge materials and developing technologies backed by scientific
research to ensure sustainable growth and long-term erosion control.
Does It Cost?
Less than you'd think. We're very cost-effective, even more so when you
consider the high failure rate of traditional approaches. We "do
it once, do it right."
Every site has its own unique challenges. If you have a site that demands
the best, call us for a free consultation.
Blueprint for Sustainable Growth
plants are dependent on micro-organisms and rich organic soil to survive
in harsh environments. If everything isn't there, you need to "grow"
it. The tiny filaments of mycorrhizal fungi extending from a plant's
roots illustrate this symbiotic relationship, dramatically increasing
a plant's ability to collect moisture and nutrients.
Most projects define success as a diverse mix of self-sustaining native
grasses and shrubs established within a defined period of time. Unfortunately,
over 80% of all sites end up rated "disappointing." They may have
growth, but it's often weeds and non-native plants that don't survive beyond
the second growing season. By focusing on soil biology and project management,
we eliminate any weak links and are able to increase project success radically.
From analysis to design, materials to application, our NPA professionals
work together to deliver successful sites, time after time.
The "Weak Link" Factor
Success has proven elusive for others because Nature is intolerant of
any weak link in the process: lack of knowledge, misguided objectives,
sterile soil, inappropriate materials or improper implementation have
combined to cause failure in the field. The "low bid" mandate
has encouraged corner cutting and a tolerance of failure. Recent advances
in soil science have raised client expectations and increased their commitment
to tighter specifications to protect project design.
Soil Food Web
Through extensive scientific research and development, we now know many
of the reasons for past failures. The leading factor in yielding sustainable
native growth is the rebuilding of sterile soil into vibrant organic matter,
rich in living microorganisms. Most native plants have a symbiotic interdependence
with mycorrhizal fungi, bacteria and other beneficial microorganisms for
their survival in harsh conditions. Without these biological processes,
native plants are susceptible to drought, nutrient deficiencies, soil
salinity and root pathogens.
Our Comprehensive Approach
A project is only as successful as its weakest link. Our scientific
research is pioneering new materials and technologies that eliminate some
of these weak links. Better project management eliminates the others.
and Soil Analysis
Knowledge is priceless, and knowing the critical facts about your
site are just the beginning. What are the deficiencies or mineral imbalances?
Is the soil sterile or are there toxic elements? We know what to look
for and what to do about what we find.
We then design a comprehensive plan to address all issues, writing tight
specifications to eliminate possible weak links. Seed Species A key factor
in seed selection is determining the appropriate early seral stage species
Ć the pioneer plants needed to recolonize a site and rebuild the soil
for the climax species that will eventually grow there. We research the
surrounding plant growth to determine the best seed species and appropriate
Microorganisms & Nutrients
Sustainable plant growth requires healthy soil. At most sites that means
literally "growing soil»" by stimulating beneficial microorganisms
and supplying proteins to sustain both the native plants and the soil
microorganisms. Chemical fertilizers have no place in this process; they
actually destroy the native soil ecology and fuel weed growth.
Scientific advances have brought better performing, environmentally friendly
soil binders to the marketplace. We match the site's weather patterns,
slope and soil stability to the most appropriate binder.
There are no shortcuts here. Our professionals use the right equipment,
run by experienced people, and follow the design specifications exactly.
We spend time consulting with you and visit your site to determine
your expectations and set realistic goals. Then we periodically monitor
the site through completion and stay with the project until it's rated