Restoring Native Plantings at Ivy Creek Natural Area

On April 17, Phil Stokes led a team of Charlottesville Area Tree Steward (CATS) volunteers restoring, expanding, and protecting a Cub Scout native tree and shrub planting in the bird-watching area between the Education Building and the Barn at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Two years ago, Cub Scouts planted downey serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), winterberry (Ilex verticillata), and persimmon (Diospyros virginiana). The CATS volunteers cleared weeds, pulled out invasive competitors, and spread fresh mulch. They then planted several additional pagoda dogwood and winterberry, as well as blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium). All of these natives are highly rated as bird habitat. The CATS team also placed wire cages around the trees and shrubs to protect them for the future from browsing deer.

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