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The Fine Art of Edge Mulching

Mulching with woodchips is a great way to control weeds, retain soil moisture, keep plant roots cool, and add slow-release organic nutrients to the soil. To be effective for several years (in a low-maintenance garden), the mulch should be at … Continue reading

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First Rain of the Season

This weekend brought the first major storm of the season to the Bay Area. It rained off and on all day Saturday and Sunday. Despite the drizzle and the rain, volunteers from Foothill College, West Valley College, and Milpitas High showed … Continue reading

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The Joy of Mulching

  Although summer has yielded to fall, the Loma Prieta fire still raging in the Santa Cruz Mountains is a reminder that fire season is not yet over. Fire, an integral part of California’s ecology, can still wreak havoc after … Continue reading

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1st Day of Spring Bird & Plant Identification Walk

Vicki Silvas-Young is a lifetime birder and native plant aficionado active in both Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the California Native Plant Society. When she offered to lead a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk at Lake Cunningham Park, … Continue reading

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Piedmont Hills High Red Cross Club Conquers Invasives

This wet year has brought much needed moisture to California. The native plants love the moisture; so do the invasive plants. In particular, the park has invasive grasses from the Avena, Bromus, Loleum, and Hordeum genera. These sun-loving grasses germinate … Continue reading

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Planting Deergrass

Saturday, January 2, 2016, was a cold, winter day in San Jose. It was cloudy but dry, the air was still, the temperature outside a chilly 41°F. In spite of that, a record number of volunteers showed up for the … Continue reading

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Proposed Expansion

A plan for expanding the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park has been submitted to park staff. Under this plan, the garden would expand to cover the remaining area between the Park Road and Inner Lake Path, from the dirt … Continue reading

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