Pre-cleanup with Master Gardener Ruby Bock

Native Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus)

Both “bad” invasive plants and “good” native plants were marked by volunteers in preparation for October 16th’s Parkwood Park Cleanup Day.  Examples of desirable native vines, shrubs, and trees were marked to illustrate flora that will become visible and enjoyable after removal of invasives that choke out and compete with native species. All Parkwood neighbors are invited to help beautify the perimeter of the Park by joining committee volunteers on Oct. 16 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Green-taped plants are to be left alone while plants marked with red tape or red or orange spray paint are to be removed.  “Red means dead!”

Master Gardener Ruby Bock’s instruction helped us recognize the most predominant species along the Park perimeter.  Plants were also identified with the help of Walterreeves.com.  Examples from the W Parkwood Rd side of the ravine are shown below.

“Good” Native Plants

Native Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus)

Native Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus)

Devil's Walking-stick (Aralia spinosa)

Devil's Walking-stick (Aralia spinosa)

An Asteraceae, maybe False Aster (Boltonia sp.)

Native Red Mulberry (Morus rubra)

Beech tree (Fagus grandifolia)

“Bad” Pest Plants

Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) Allergenic.

Invasive Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) Category 1

Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei) Category 3

Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei) Category 3

Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei) Category 3

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Category 2

English Ivy (Hedera helix) Catergory 1

Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) Category 1

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