Hi there, Native Plant forum. I thought I'd run this by you to see if you had any comments or suggestions. I live in a new subdivision in New Mexico -- developer has razed the native Chihuahuan desert scrubland, and is building more houses. I'm very sad, not the least because my view will now be houses, and not greenery.
The first pic below shows my house, the wall, and the easement to the highway that is on my property. I plan to plant there on the other side of the wall in the easement.
The second pic is the scrubland I look out upon (on the other side of the highway) which I fear will soon be lost. It's mostly creosote, mesquite, desert willow (chilopsis linearis), sage, turpentine bush, and I don't know what else.
So, first question -- is there some real reason why none, or very, very few of my neighbors plant on the other side of their walls? There is a 25 foot utility easement (there are overhead electrical lines which you cannot see in the pic), but my subdivision rules specifically state we are encouraged to plant native plants in the easement. There are also people who ATV along that strip, which I don't think is technically legal, but whatever. But the strip from my wall to the wire fence is 15 feet or so, so I think there's room to plant.
Next, what to plant? I probably won't plant creosote (too hard to plant successfully, and too expensive) or mesquite (too tall). I was thinking of planting a couple of desert willows there, which are small desert trees, and some of the larger Texas rangers (leucophyllum).
I just feel bad that the land has been stripped, and want to replant some good things for the native fauna.