Report of Mary Scott Nature Park workday February 1, 2020

On a gray, drizzly February afternoon, 11 neighbors and GNPS members worked at Mary Scott Nature Park on the southeast corner of the park.

Oh, my, the weeds that were dug out: bamboo root sprouts, privet root sprouts, winter creeper, hawksbeard, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, chickweed. There are 10 yard waste bags and a pile of bamboo left along the sidewalk for the county to collect and compost. The trees along Briarcliff were limbed up, and vines were removed from them. English ivy was removed from other trees.

Cedar waxwings were seen eating the fruit from the hawthorn tree planted in the parking oval.

The park’s trails were walked to monitor and remove emerging nonnative woody seedlings. Exotic bulbs were dug out. More will be dug on 2/7/20 when the Friends will be helped by Americorps volunteers.

Dandelions and henbit were blooming.

The next scheduled workday will be Saturday, March 7, 2020, 2-4pm when we plan to continue removing nonnative plants from the southeastern corner of the park. Please bring your gardening gloves, soil knife/trowel, and kneeler to help.


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