Today’s post comes from tim.
i take my compost to the compost drop off spot by bush lake near my house.
i knew there was something special about this time of year and the woods but i didn’t put my finger on it until yesterday.
during the winter the woods are trees standing in a white floor that makes the woods feel like a vista of strategically placed trees in the word of white.
In the summer the undergrowth fills all the available space with things springing forth and only the path that is well worn is passable in the city scape.
up north where the canopy is so dense that the undergrowth can be filtered so effectively that the walk through the woods is a dream like crunch of leaves and twigs and a graveyard of fallen trees and broken branches left to figure out how to deal in a natural way with restoration.
from mid march til may 1 the woods are brown and gray with subtle shades of yellow rust and green that allow you to envision what could be if the buckthorns weren’t devouring the available light and space,choking out the wildflowers and ferns and grasses in their way.
i see a new creeper in the ditches that is slowly but surely covering the adjacent space with a vengeful lust. A 10 foot run three years ago turns to a 50 foot run and then an entire landscape with the nearby former plants buried by the blanket of the new invader
a while back i lived near bush lake and loved walking my dogs along the trails and paths that are there. I was aware of the problem with the invasive plants and the choking out of the native plants that comes along with it. The buckthorn issue is one i have heard about but it wasn’t until walking my dogs that i thought about it.
now i wish i could figure out a way to inspire people to work the area within a block of their house. maybe a grading system for a buckthorn collecting contest.
documented progress and maintenance reports. grading that makes the neighborhood aware of the invasion the solution and the progress realized and aspired to
i can do a 10×10 area of the woods. it feels like something that can be accomplished but a milllion acres feels like too much.
stewardship is such a admirable thing. maybe free park passes to minnesota state parks for picking up after the invasion? lions, church groups, neighborhood communities and pta organizations taking responsibility for a chunk of the woods like they do picking up a mile of the freeway today would be a start.
if you could pick a little corner of the world to fix what might it be (take 2 they’re small)