Report of Mary Scott Nature Park Workday March 5, 2022

On March 5,2022, 21 volunteers worked to remove nonnative plants and trash from Mary Scott Nature Park. Earning service hours were 10 high school students from the National Honor Society at Lakeside High School and one from GCA. Among the weeds that were pulled were English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, Nandina, Youngia japonica, cherry laurel, Vinca minor, and chickweed.

Among the other activities that were accomplished during the workday were
Raking of the gravel paths to remove leaf litter and to return the gravel to the paths,
Spreading of pine straw bales to cover some of the bare soil to prevent erosion,
Planting of donated sweet shrubs and a sweet bay magnolia,
Watering of newly planted Tipularia, sweet shrub and silverbell seedlings,
Removal of more buried garbage,
Untwining Japanese honeysuckle from some trees,
Clearing the area behind the corn hole game of brambles and honeysuckle.

The Coreopsis auricula and Viburnum obovatum in the center of the parking oval are beginning to bloom. We heard barred owls calling.

The next scheduled workday will be Saturday, April 2, 2022, 2-4 pm, when we plan to continue removing nonnative plants from the park and spreading more pinestraw on the bare soil. Please bring your gardening gloves, soil knife/trowel, and kneeler to help us improve the park for birds and insects.

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