Many people in the community worked with the Friends of Scenic Lodi Valley to plant the community rain garden across from the primary school. Your efforts are making a difference: Research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey found that the rain garden had a significant impact on reducing the temperature and flow of water into Spring Creek, making the creek more hospitable to trout. The garden has received attention from numerous groups in the state and is seen as a model for other communities.
Now the rain garden needs our help, since it can’t “work” without maintenance. Last fall a few volunteers reduced the number of cup plants in the garden that had taken over and were shading out other species. We need to keep at the cup plants, plant new things to replace them, reduce the reed canary grass, keep the walking path clear, do some mulching around the council ring, and a few other tasks.
You’re invited to a rain garden maintenance day on Saturday, April 14 from 9-Noon. Please bring gloves, a shovel and/or a heavy rake. (A snack will be provided.) There will be tasks for all ability levels and you can stay as long as you’d like. If you can’t make it that day we’re planning regular maintenance days on the fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30 at the garden.
The rain garden is an asset to our community and is contributing to keeping Spring Creek a healthy trout stream. Please lend a hand in helping with its maintenance.
Contact Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-843-3924 if you have questions.