Brush Country Trailhead

Weeding Event – Brush Country Trailhead – July 11, 2015

A big shout out to our wonderful volunteers who helped shape and tame the Brush Country Trailhead today!
A special thanks to Grace Vineyard Church Austin! The lead pastor and his wife, Scott & Sarah (with their children) and Nicki (and her child) came out to help our community with this weeding event. Grace Vineyard Church is meeting at Patton Elementary on Sundays @ 10 a.m.  For more info. about GVC, go to www.gvcaustin.org
And Thank you:  WNA Board members: John (and family), Chuck, Jennifer, and Karen. As well as Westcreek neighbors, Trudy and David.
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Brush Country Trailhead Weeding Event – July 11, 2015

A big shout out to our wonderful volunteers who helped shape and tame the Brush Country Trailhead today!
A special thanks to Grace Vineyard Church Austin! The lead pastor and his wife, Scott & Sarah (with their children) and Nicki (and her child) came out to help our community with this weeding event. Grace Vineyard Church is meeting at Patton Elementary on Sundays @ 10 a.m.  For more info. about GVC, go to www.gvcaustin.org
And Thank you:  WNA Board members: John (and family), Chuck, Jennifer, and Karen. As well as Westcreek neighbors, Trudy and David.
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Help us beautify Westcreek – Sat. Sept. 12 (9-11 a.m. – Come & Go Mulching Event)

Do you have 30 minutes? an hour? a couple of hours? that you could spend helping us beautify the Brush Country Trailhead?  It is a come-and-go event.  Even showing up for a little bit would help us tremendously!
We have already heard that some people from a local church may again come to help.  Would love to see some Westcreek neighbors there as well.
We plan on mowing (we'll handle that), weeding, trimming back dead stalks & laying cardboard down & mulching some areas.
Could you RSVP?  I'd like to supply cold water & snacks but need a head count.
Things to bring:  any gardening tools you have, hat, sunscreen, extra water is always a good idea.

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Trailhead Weeding Sunday, March 16

Our weeding event ambients registered drier than predicted, but cold clouds and wind did not relent. Attendees (therefore) were spirited and efficient, and even Betty came down from New York to advise and lend a hand. Dave and Trudy, Lisa, Jennifer and her son, and Bob and dog all pronounced the progress of the emerging plantscape as "excellent" and "exceeds expectations". Some of the good things noted: the ground was moist for easy pulling, cowpen daisies, sennas, river oats, and various gramas appear established and developing wide areas.  The redbud was blooming reasonably, and desert willow was still flexible.  Bluebonnets were robust, and unimpeded by adjacent growth. The weeding efforts this day became focused on removal of bur clover, some few bastarde cabbage, dandelion, queen anne's lace, stickleaf bedstraw, sowthistle, and Erodium (stork's bill). Some other more controversial plants were allowed to remain, notably a broader-leaved low geranium, chickweed, Oxalis woodsorrel, some already-large Baccharis "Rooseveltweed", and the larger thistles. Goals for the next Weed:  Most of the grasses, and including Bermuda, had not greened enough to identify positively, so we will leave them for the next session.  The Johnson grass, and some other grass (dubbed "comin' out grass" are high in the wetter north side of the trailhead.  Perhaps next event we should mow and grub the Johnson and put in some Indian grass in hope of displacing it.   Quite a few cedar elm sprouts are coming up.  Maybe we should save some in good locations. Several trails are evident now, and we should consider to help establish these, as well as open up some access to the large rocks.  So - thanks all - and here's hoping for good rains.
Bur Clover Weed

Bur Clover Weed

Sowthistle Weed

Sowthistle Weed

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Trailhead Weeding Saturday, April 12

A blue-eyed "grass", brightened our weeding work at the Trailhead this past Saturday. This is a good year for the little iris, and may be they enjoy the heavier fall/winter rains much like... the bluebonnets, which are in full flower, some already going to seed. Elegant foxglove (likely from the original seed mix) were showing, also gaura, oxalis, primrose, wine-cup... and emphatically the buffalo grass.  Many other plants from the original planting are showing themselves and establishing. Lisa eased the bluebonnets by clearing some tough-rooted mustard.  Vesta and Ellie had the courage to try the main Johnson grass area with hand tools. Trudy dropped by in the middle of a run to prune the artemisia and the struggling desert willow.  Barb and I tackled a truculent bermuda patch. Yet to do:  more work on the bermuda, crab and Johnson grasses, some of which unfortunately are already near seeding.  Likely we'll need some judicious power tool use, perhaps a tiller, mower and string trimmer.  Also, we decided to wait a bit for more mulching, wait for the spring blush to fade.  We'll also wait and watch what May will give us there this year, then make the call for another weeding weekend.  Thanks all.
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