WHAT’S BUZZING IN THE GARDENS?
‘MEET THE POLLINATORS’ WORKSHOP IS JUNE 17 at 10:00 am
Join Mil Hurley, board member and owner of A Southern Gardener, for a bee and bird’s eye view of plants that they love. Trees, shrubs, perennials were planted on Moross Greenway to encourage more pollinators to feast in the gardens. The plants are still young, but some are blooming and others are getting ready to bloom, and the little creatures are happy for the food. Mil will give you a tour of some of the islands, so wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. The workshop will be held rain or shine. Reservations are limited and can be made by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Clean-Up Is April 22
The Moross Greenway Project is celebrating Earth Day 2017 with its fifth annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 22, at 9:00am, rain or shine. Slated for clean-up are the seven islands on Moross Road between St. John Hospital and the I-94 service drive.
Volunteers are asked to gather at Grace Community Church’s parking lot on Moross at the I-94 service drive for instructions and supplies. Please wear gloves and boots. Water and trash bags are provided.
The Moross Greenway is starting to wake up and bloom. After a hard winter, some of our trees and shrubs need attention and pruning. Join board member Mil Hurley, from A Southern Gardener, for a hands-on pruning workshop on the islands, Sunday March 26, from 1-3 pm. Bring your loppers, hand pruners and gloves and dress for the weather (it can be windy on the islands). Mil will show participants the proper pruning techniques and explain pruning to empower you to go home and take care of your own garden. Participation is limited; come rain or shine!! See you on Moross!
Donations are coming in to our Annual Fundraising Campaign which began December 1, 2016. Your much-needed contributions support our year-round maintenance efforts. Proceeds help Moross Greenway mow the lawn areas, fertilize our flowers and shrubs, and irrigate and mulch our plantings. Thank you for your generosity. Those who did not receive our mail appeal can just click on the “Support Us” tab on our homepage to contribute securely online.
After six years of planning and fundraising, the Moross Greenway Project became a reality this past October when the volunteer organization held a groundbreaking ceremony to signal the start of planting the seven island beds on Moross Road between St. John Hospital and the I-94 service drive that make up the Project.
Implementation began on the 95-foot medians that have been dominated by turf for more than 100 years. Island construction uncovered a unique situation that has provided a real challenge to keeping the plant material alive and healthy. A perched water table was discovered under the top layer of soil on the islands. This is an accumulation of groundwater trapped above the soil layer that is impermeable, but below the surface of the turf. This extensive below-ground soil compaction restricted natural drainage throughout the medians and led to standing water on the islands during the winter and spring months. Some of the newly planted material suffered from having “wet feet” for an extended period.
After consultation with experts in the field and reviewing several proposals, it was determined that raising the planting beds to a height of 18-24 inches is the optimal remediation approach. A planting mix of 2076 cubic yards of sand, compost and topsoil has been delivered to the islands. The process of re-grading the beds has begun. Trees, shrubs and perennials are being removed from the beds, and “heeled in” for replanting. Those plants that didn’t survive the standing water will be replaced. New shrubs and trees that were not available last fall from area nurseries will be planted. Completion of an irrigation system that was started last fall will ensure adequate moisture levels during the current and future droughts. It is planned that irrigation will be reduced in about three years’ time, as the plants become established and are strong enough to sustain themselves.
Too much water! A spring drought! All in just six months! These are the toughest challenges for any seasoned gardener. The Moross Greenway Project is up to the challenge of creating a beautiful, welcoming and sustainable Greenway for all the motorists, workers and residents who travel the thoroughfare.
Volunteers will meet at Grace Community Church at 9 am, rain or shine. Wear gloves and boots. Bring a rake if you have one. Water and trash bags will be provided.