Friday, June 22, 2012

Conservation Corps Update: June 19th-22nd

Post contributed by Conservation Corps of Minnesota, Youth Outdoors Crew 2:

Pruning at the Hamline-Midway rain garden

It was another exciting week as we got to do a lot of different projects in many of St. Paul's parks.  We spent Tuesday morning mulching and pruning the rain garden at Hamline Avenue and Midway Parkway with the Capitol Watershed District, who maintains the rain gardens. By the afternoon it looked totally transformed. We finished Tuesday collecting hackberry seeds in Highland Park. These seeds will be planted for a project along the Mississippi.
Torching invasives at Como
Woodland Outdoor Classroom
Wednesday and Thursday were Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom restoration days. We used torching, which is a very slow but effective and safe method of killing burdock and garlic mustard, in conjunction with spraying herbicide. It's tough to stay ahead of these fast-growing plants but we're doing our best.
We finished the week by finishing up spraying burdock and garlic mustard at CWOC in the morning. In the afternoon we sprayed a small section of turf grass around the Como Lakeshore. This is the first step in turning the grass into a beautiful lakeshore lush with native plants. Before the summer ends we'll be planting these areas and reinforcing the shoreline with biodegradable "bio-logs" to prevent erosion.