Monday, July 13, 2009

Filling In

Many of the native rough areas and Scrub Oak that was damaged during the irrigation installation is making a strong comeback.

Much of the comeback has been fueled by the wetter than normal weather we have been experiencing all season. The timing could not have been better, because these areas of disturbance rely on natural precipitation for establishment and positive growth.

All of the native grass areas were reseeded with true native grasses that are very slow to reach mature height and densities. Most of the native grass areas will take as long as a season or two to become fully mature and blend in with the surrounding areas.

The Scrub Oak is also bouncing back in areas of disturbance as well. The Scrub Oak is a funny plant because it is incredibly fickle. If you try to transplant it most of the time it will not survive, but if blow through it with an excavator it starts coming back on it's own. The Scrub Oak areas will take the longest to comeback due to the sheer size (height) of some of the Oak that was damaged. Time heals all wounds and thankfully Mother Nature has been kind to us this year helping speed up the process.

Click on the picture below to see a close up