Squad has worked at Luther Burbank Park for many summers with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust–almost always under the shade of a large Oregon Ash / Fraxinus latifolia–however this year we were surprised to find our special tree’s large limbs splayed apart at odd angles, reportedly from a lightening strike! Fortunately we had achieved a good deal of weeding over the years and the native plants under the ash are looking good overall and many areas show more wood chips than weeds.
We worked at a new location near the sculptural amphitheater-type area, digging out noxious blackberry, buttercup and pulling bindweed. Some shade was available below the old Lombardy poplars, but the lake was more than welcoming after some good shovel work. The quiet north end of the lake is shallow for some time and a real pleasure for taking a dip.