“Get The Ivy Out” This Saturday At Shorewood Park

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A big pile of Ivy pulled by Pat Haugen and Ted Daley.

As Spring springs into our midst, a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy turns of course to…gardening.



And epecially, as the kids say, “getting the ivy out!”

So what better way to sate your newly-sprouted spring desires than to attend a Shorewood Park Work Party this Saturday, March 21st, from 10an to Noon?

This work party is a collaboration between the City of Burien’s Adopt-A-Park project and Shorewood-On-The-Sound Community Club (SOTSCC), and notice comes to us courtesy Jean Spohn, a Director of SOTSCC, as well as member of the Burien Parks and Recreation Board and the initiator of the SOTSCC’s ‘Adopt a Park’ program.

Here’s more info from Jean:

Work parties in Shorewood Park continue in 2009 from 10:00 AM to Noon on the third Saturday of every month. Please join us! We have many tasks, great and small! January’s volunteer force boasted 11 members – some pulled ivy from an area graced by two Noble Fir trees planted by Fred Henzi 20 years ago, and others planted Coastal Strawberry plants which are a wonderful native groundcover.

In February, volunteers placed 25 Sword Ferns along our trail and then removed many small English Holly trees and lots of English Ivy. Seahurst Park has been adopted. Work parties are held the 4th Saturday of each month.

At this party, the focus will be on everyone’s favorite invasive plant – ivy.

You might wonder – Why is English ivy a problem? English ivy is a woody, climbing vine that has been used extensively in the Pacific Northwest. Ivy used to be found in roadside plantings, on steep banks, as ornamental decoration and climbing on buildings, fences and other vertical surfaces. But English ivy is not native to the United States and has no natural predators or pests to keep it in check. It easily escapes from planting areas and invades natural areas, parks and urban forests. It creates “Ivy Deserts” – areas so dominated by ivy that no other vegetation survives. Ivy affects trees negatively, especially when it climbs into the canopy. By adding weight to limbs and reducing air flow around the tree’s trunk, ivy makes a tree more susceptible to canopy failure, wind stress and disease. It can also strangle trees around their base and reduce the flow of nutrients up and down the tree.

English ivy does not provide a significant food for native wildlife, but does provide habitat for rats. And banks covered with ivy are prone to landslide.

What can you do? Do not plant ivy. Remove ivy, especially from vertical surfaces where it seeds and is spread further by birds. Remove ivy from your yard. Participate in a Shorewood Park work party.

Please bring pruners and gloves if you have them. Shorewood is located at 28th Avenue SW and SW 118th Street (follow Ambaum to 116th Street, head west on 116th Street and follow to 28th Avenue SW, make a left and go 2 blocks, the park entrance is on your left side – see map below). The group may be working in the lower half of the park so follow the short trail around.

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