Here are three examples of residential properties in foothill locations. The soils can vary from sandy to loamy and may have an alkaline pH. Native plants are suited for these conditions. These clients have chosen to water once weekly, every three weeks, or not at all. We also have to consider that some native plants are food sources for wildlife. We protect young plants until they can withstand some browsing.
Properties Adjacent to Open Space
Living next to open space can have its own challenges. Homeowners have to be more cognizant of fire-wise plantings, potential challenges with supplemental watering, and possible increased browsing by wildlife. We can re-plant and propagate only plants native to the foothills. This process takes patience. Some plants need to be protected for two to three years. These native plants can survive without supplemental water (which will save you $) and will beautify the foothills while increasing habitat.
This could be a helpful link for a Citizen Fuel Reduction program offered by the City of Boise: https://www.adafireadapted.org/homeowner/citizen-fuel-reduction-policy/.
Here are some examples of your gray-green friends in the foothills: