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Steven Gunther

A natural backyard

Plant natives, and birds will follow. That's what Mary and Joe Bochiechio found when they installed their garden in San Marcos.

After removing the lawn, designer and contractor Greg Rubin ― who specializes in California natives ― installed a meandering path bordered by fragrant 'Bee's Bliss' salvia, wild lilacs, and an existing non-native purple tree mallow ― all pretty, low-water plants.

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