Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CBC Update

Even in a horrible drought year...somethings are improving in spite of neglect...Mother Nature prevails!

This is one of the before shots, taken in 2008...horrible ugly square building. My goal was to improve our street by making it tree-lined and help the awful heat island effect caused by the massive concrete parking lots of the two churches across the street from one another.
It was two projects over the course of a, a 17 tree planting session and two, the rose garden with pergola. The largest tree an evergreen oak for the corner, that was designed to be the most efficient by shading the building and hanging out over most of the street was butchered in April and is permanently stunted. The cypress, that was to be decorated for growing by bounds due to the sprinkler system...and the roses are amazing.
Only one tree actually died and has been replanted, all the oaks, butchered I suppose will become shrubbery.

This Saturday is the fall workday for Brentwood Park where over 100 trees were planted last year. Over the summer we added mulch and we will be adding more, as well as pruning. It is such a joy to care for the environment, I hope everyone who reads this participates in their own community in some beautiful way!
Happy Gardening!


Nell Jean said...

Even butchered trees can be beautiful after some new growth. Multi-trunked but sturdy?

The mindset of road crews can be so frustrating.

Bonnie said...

why were the oaks butchered? I remember when you worked on this- I was bringing the kids to kindermusic there at the time. Such a great idea!

ConsciousGardener said...

It wasn't a road crew, it was the people at the church trying to "help." They just went out there, April 9th...mid spring, mind you...and butchered the trees, mindlessly. Someone thought the new growth looked "messy." I cried, literally. I tried to talk to them, educate them about what they did and they promised to clean it up, mulch and feed the poor trees compost but that never happened.