Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The Dodgers play that afternoon just a few miles south of our meeting place on the river. PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO GET PAST THE TRAFFIC IF YOU MUST COME IN THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREA. IF YOU CAN AVOID IT, DO! After checking traffic on the radio (KNX 1070 AM does the most frequent traffic reports) or on Waze, I will probably leave the Learning Garden, driving up the 405 to the 101, to the 134 and then take streets in once I've passed the 5 - maybe even go to the 2, depending on traffic.
Your friendly instructors would like to remind our lovely students that we have another field trip this coming Saturday. We will meet in the parking lot at the confluence of Atwater Creek with the LA River. A lovely walk along Atwater creek until it flows into the LA River. For Orchid and I, this is a favorite. Our starting point is the North Atwater Park.
View North Atwater Creek Restoration in a larger map
Chevy Chase Drive, once it makes that final right-hand swoop, dead ends. As that right-hand swoop begins, the park itself is on the left. On this map, almost exactly in the blue pin there is a parking lot where we will meet at 1;30 PM.
This is a good field trip for a camera, and as usual plenty of water and cool clothing. Wear walking shoes and we'll proceed south from the parking lot along the North Atwater Creek on down to the river proper and back again. Not far and we will amble along without urgency. I imagine this will be a warm day, but check your weather sources - do take proper care of yourself with the incessantly persistent sunshine!
Some background data on the site is available online, here.
And some photos from the day it opened for a little prespective.
Hope you will enjoy this trip and hope you're enjoying the class.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
David's notes for 02 August:
Avoid 'fast-growing' not only does it mean higher maintenance, but also higher water needs.
Select “Species Type” = Plants
Mobile Apps on Invasive Species
This will be a list of mostly small trees (usually under 30'tall) – it is not inclusive, but it is a start and these trees will mostly not do you wrong. Always, always, always MULCH under your trees and when watering strive to get water down into the 18” root zone – if in doubt, use a soil probe. No freshly planted ANYTHING is drought resistant – even trees. In the first five or more years, special attention would be best until they get established.