You may remember that last Novemver we did a habitat restoration project at Freedom Park in Leesburg by creating a rain garden filled with all sorts of wonderful native plants.
Well, we went back this year with a great team on volunteers to do a bit of weeding and upkeep. Here’s the report from Joe and you can check out photos from the event in our Facebook Gallery:
When we got there all of us were impressed with how well the Freedom Park Rain Garden has done since we helped put it in last year. Not only was almost everything we planted thriving, there were also a lot of invasive alien plants that didn’t belong. This left our team of 13 volunteers with a lot of work to do.
While it was warmer than we had expected because of the intensity of the sun and harder work than several of us had anticipated, we finished the task by 6:30 pm. We removed 31 large bags of invasive plants and spread 40 bags of mulch around the remaining shrubs and perennials. We did this to help stop the invasive plants from coming back and to retain moisture and prevent soil erosion around the remaining plants plants.
It was also incredible to see all those native pollinators as well as honeybees nectaring on all those plants we had planted.