In 2006, Lake Cunningham Volunteers initiated a project to reduce the use of herbicides for weed control in the frontage bed along Tully Road, and to landscape the area with water-wise, habitat-wise, low maintenance California native plants.
In the summer of 2006, with help from San Jose Conservation Corps, the area between White Road and the Tully entrance to the park was mulched with newspapers and cardboard below a thick layer of woodchips. Based on a design by Ashok Jethanandani, and funded by San Jose Beautiful, volunteers planted the area with a variety of native plants chosen for drought tolerance, low maintenance, and year-round interest.
Nine years later, in 2015, the plants have matured to form a picturesque border around the southern rim of the park.
Most plants are now established and on their own, but the area between White Road and Glen Angus Way remains bare.
Today, Saturday, December 19, 2015, neighborhood volunteers planted 10 additional plants in this area:
1x Ceanothus ‘Joyce Coulter’
2x Salvia leucophylla ‘Pt Sal’
6x Eriogonum fasciculatum
1x Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’
After planting, the young plants were watered deeply.
Neighbor Terry Gotcher donated 5 bags of good quality woodchip mulch, and it was used in the high visibility bed at the stop light at Glen Angus Way.
We also picked up random trash that had accumulated around plants.
More plants for this area are in the pipeline, and will be planted as soon as they arrive. Thanks to all for a great workday.