Thanks to all who came to spend one of our first warm sunny days in 2011 to Garber Park to attack invasive weeds. Himalayan blackberry and Cape ivy, two of the most invasive weeds in Garber Park, had an especially bad day.
|Lynn, Jon, and Bob at the end|
of a successful day in the blackberry thickets.
Said Lynn, "Enjoyed making headway clearing the
willow from that blackberry."
The Blackberry Bashers (as we’ve come to call them) put on their thick gloves and heavy clothes and headed out to Lower Harwood Bridge to cut back Himalayan blackberries around the willow trees. It was interesting to find that these trees, which were deep inside the blackberry patch, had been pruned sometime in the past, clearly before the blackberries took over.
|A large part of Garber is flat with|
a good trail and a gentle walk in
from Rispin Lane.
|Cheryl and Ann with their load|
of cape ivy.
At the end of the day Cheryl commented that it was "a beautiful week-end to be out in nature - and helping it along." We all agreed.
Next Stewardship dates: Tuesday, February 1 from 10AM-Noon. Activities: Our main focus will be preparing our Restoration Site for planting, invasive weed removal, and trail maintenance. Saturday, February 19 - we hope to begin our Restoration Planting. Details to follow. We hope you can join us.
|Alnus Rubra (Common name, Red Alder)|
You can find more beautiful pictures of
natives at Kay Loughman's website,
"Wildlife in theNorth Hills"
(under links to the right).