Friday, January 11, 2013

Weeding Day

Today was our first official weeding meeting on the green roof during this school year; we've weeded the green roof in the past but solely for maintenance. This time it was done to prepare the roof for seeding. Many members were present, ready to weed, and the weather could not have been better - overcast skies with a gentle breeze.

We initially began weeding using scissors, gloves and trash bags, cutting the vegetation down to about one inch (pulling deep-rooted weeds would mean disturbing the soil and possibly causing soil erosion). An hour into our work, another member came, along with a friend, and they brought a trusty weed whacker. With the new device, we were able to quickly mow down almost every single plot in a fraction of the time.

In less than half an hour, 4.5 plots were cleared out

Note the extension cords

Thanks to the trusty weed whacker, we were able to get a lot more accomplished than we would have solely weeding by hand. Thus, we were able to begin seeding plots 1 and 7 with the Native Trail Mix, a mixture of over 30 species of plants and flowers native to our state. Hopefully we'll start seeing some new sprouts in the weeks to come. There are still four more plots that we need to seed and one plot that our founder, Yosef, has to seed. 

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