After a summer’s worth of weed growth, Riverton Creek in Tukwila needed some TLC. Squad worked hard to pull bindweed and dig blackberry to protect the young native plants planted last spring- when the kids weren’t building forts that is.
The Green Tukwila Partnership received a terrific batch of native plants from the Duwamish Alive Coalition as Riverton Creek empties into the river less than a mile away. After lunch break, we got to work with further weeding as well as planting salmonberry, thimbleberry, sword fern, lady fern, foam flower and Indian plum.
Virtually all of our spring plantings survived the summer beautifully. Professional restoration crews followed best management practices (BMP’s) and injected the noxious Japanese knotweed stands for the second summer in a row; once these stands have received 3-4 years of treatment we expect them to be finally dead. At that time we will have a an even larger area to plant and rehabilitate.