Tully Road Planting

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.

In 2006, the bed facing Tully Road was mulched and planted with native plants

Nine years later, in 2015, the plants have matured to form a picturesque border around the southern rim of the park.

Toyon berries bring holiday color to Tully Road

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.

Volunteers spreading mulch around a Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’

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.

About Arvind Kumar

Native plant gardener in San Jose, CA. I have been growing native plants since 2000 in a tract home lot front and back.
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