Close-up of Ligustrum Leaves (pointed tip) and berries
We are planning to begin a series of workdays outside the fence next to the south entrance of Barton Springs Pool to remove invasive species – primarily, ligustrum, in efforts to restore this section to a more native landscape. We see this effort taking the better part of a year through a series of volunteer workdays but also at times bringing in professionals and parks staff. We are pleased to work with parks staff, volunteers as well as the Friends of Barton Springs Pool, TreeFolks, the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation and others and expect to see removal, treatment, monitoring and re-planting phases as part of this effort. We will continue to update you as we move through the process. Additionally, we must obtain approval for larger efforts, including removal of the larger invasive trees and planting and irrigation of new trees and plants from the City Parks department.
Using a Weed Wrench to remove Ligustrum
So, far, we have organized volunteer workdays on Sat Apr 9 (Clean Sweep Day with a crew of St. Ed’s students from 10 am to 1:30 pm), Sat Apr 23, for Earth Day for any and all volunteers and on Sat, Apr 30, from 9 am to noon, with volunteers from National Instruments and any volunteers who wish to enjoy us. (Please volunteer!)
The Austin Parks Foundation and experienced volunteers will lead these workdays. Our goal is to work on the smaller invasives first, using weed wrenches, picks and shovels to remove all smaller ligustrum and nandina, roots and all, and create temporary (and well hidden) windrows to combat any possible erosion from rain runoff in the steeper sections.
We’ll then work on the bigger trees, cutting them at knee height and organizing them into temporary windrows, again to combat any possible erosion from rain runoff.
Example of a stand of ligustrum. Note little or no grasses or plants at ground level.
We will work carefully to preserve all native trees and shrubs and will work with Parks staff (or professionals) to remove excess cut trees, branches, etc and make sure that we are not posing any undue risks (safety, fire, etc.). We will post our APF signs with our website and phone number and we have an informative page on our website -http://www.austinparks.org/restoration.html - that we can direct people to. We will use funds from our Barton Springs Tree Fund to take care of trimmings, stump cutting and treatment as well as planning and planting efforts for new grasses, shrubs and trees when the cooler weather returns.
We should note that we work with parks staff and volunteers on similar efforts in over 50 volunteer events per year in parks and greenbelts across Austin and we will do our best to keep our efforts and work areas as neat and orderly as possible. Again, volunteers use only hand tools working with us.
Great example of a windrow
Please let us know if you have any questions. Again, for more information on how we specifically approach our work, read our six steps to invasive species management.
Austin Parks Foundation