What: Remove dead leafy materials, including sea oats.
When: Saturday, February 25, 2023; 9 a.m. - noon
Bring: hand tools, loppers, sturdy clothes, gloves
Why: The Inland Sea Oats have overtaken the slope under the high transmissiannuals and perennials from growing and flowering. A site visit by representatives of LR Parks, Quail Forever, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners resulted in these recommendations:
*Remove stems of sea oats and other dead leafy materials as soon as possible.
*After 6 inches of sea oat growth emerges, treat selectively with herbicide, applied by professionals.
*Wait to remove unwanted woody stems until early summer; then paint stumps with herbicide.
*Add flowering plants for pollinators when available.
If we have enough workers and time, we can work on other areas around the south trail and top of the Water Works hill.
Other activity on North Trail Entrance:
LR Parks and the Ozark Point Water Treatment Plant are working to address drainage, to keep debris from washing over the rail and eroding the grassy sides. This is a continuing, long-term project.
Wisteria: work to control it continues. Perhaps another work session will be organized this spring.
Volunteer hours will be reported to LR Parks' Adopt-a-Park program. The annual City Beautiful "Keep Little Rock Beautiful" work day is March ll. Feel free to volunteer on one of their many projects. Our project could not wait that long to attack the sea oats.
For further information, contact Rob King (501-940-0669) or Carolyn Newbern (501-663-1222.)