Monday, November 2, 2015

Glyphosate disease

One of my friends invited me to help replant some "wetland mitigation" swales.  The summer crew was a bit sloppy with herbicide application and nuked about 600 square feet of "wetlands".

It did not help that the "wetland" is in a very public area and it looked "weedy".  The crew thought they were doing the right thing.

Part of the recovery plan is to plant species that look, well, more ornamental.  They are still native Michigan species but they look "pretty".

Today we planted:

Eastern Wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus) has fruit that rotates through the most incredible, fluorescent shades of lavender, orchid, pink and orange.
We also planted Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris), American Black Current (Ribes americanum), Sunchokes (Helianthus tuberosus)  and Wild Garlic (Allium canadense). 

Round Sunchokes on left are Strimbeck Road clone.  Smoother, carrot shaped ones on the right side are Narrow Lake Road clone.  Both roads are in Eaton County, Strimbeck is in the Thornapple river drainage and Narrow Lake is in the Battle Creek river drainage.
The notable thing about the Sunchokes is that we are planting three different clones in the hope of producing viable seed.  One clone is from Narrow Lake Road, the other is from Strimbeck Road.  The last clone is a commercially available cultivar.

We will plant Michigan Holly (Ilex verticillata) and Chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia) when the plants show up.

Rose Mallow.  This is a named cultivar called Luna Pink Swirl.  We will be planting "wild type".
This spring we are scheduled to plant Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) and Common Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum vierginianum).

We will also be planting many "Do Not Spray!!!" signs.

1 comment:

  1. JoeMama,

    Do you have any good pictures of wild garlic? I don't think I have ever identified it here on the western side of the state, although I am sure that I have seen it out and about in the woods and field I have tromped through.


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