Caring for Our Native Plants

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Estrella is a community that is not only sensitive to the desert environment but to upholding the integrity of its natural vegetation and wildlife. To ensure our native plants are preserved we are intentional in the steps we take to identifying and marking plants that can be saved and relocated. 

This allows us to preserve the natural beauty and maintain the delicate ecosystem of its surrounding desert landscape, by replanting the salvaged vegetation in future land developments within the community.  This is a continual process that is occurs as the community is constantly growing and evolving.  

Trees that are salvaged include staples of Arizona plant life such as, Mesquite, Ironwood and Palo Verde. Saguaro Cacti will also be salvaged; however due to succulent characteristics they are a direct transplant from one location to another.  Every attempt is made to salvage as many plants as possible.  Unfortunately, plants that are diseased or have a compromised root system are not salvageable.

“Salvaging efforts are important to Newland Communities because we value the beauty of our community, but even more so, we value the preservation of the environment,” said Bill Olson, Vice President and Division Manager at Newland Communities.

The process of salvaging differs from ordinary native plant gathering because plants to be removed in a salvage operation would otherwise be destroyed. During this process, the plants are dug out by their roots, wrapped for protection and potted for storage and transportation. Plants are boxed and then placed in a nursery area for 1 – 1.5 years plus before being replanted back into the community. April is typically a prime month to begin salvaging before temperatures begin to rise. The weather must be warm, as cooler temperatures will shock the root system of the plants when they are extracted.

 

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