Archive for July, 2012

We now have Plant Labels in Native Plant Island A

Native Plant Island A

Many have asked about the plants in Native Plant Island A, along the par course in Fontana West, the mound surrounded by the temporary fence.  So if you take a look now you will see we have provided plant labels.  So, next time you go by be sure to stop and take a look.

Thanks to Pat Pizzo and Sunny Wagstaff for their efforts in completing the project.

Native Plant Island C

Native Plant Island C

Mycorrhizal fungi affect the roots of CA native plants in a very positive way.  Their is a symbiosis that promotes changes in root structure that contribute to the drought tolerance of CA native plants.  On July 15th, I moved leaf-duff from under one of the heritage oaks to the mound, which will become CA Native Plant Island C come Fall, and worked it into the top-soil of the mound.   I hope to encourage mycorrhizal fungi to establish and/or spread in the soil (as MFPA brought in 30 yards of garden soil to mix with the existing soil to form the mound for this planting).   I do hope that those using the mounds for recreational activities (such as motor-scooter jumping and such) will stay-off the mound so that we will be ready for a November ’12 planting, as scheduled.  🙂  Pat Pizzo

Congressman weighs in on PG&E tree cutting

Congressman weighs in on PG&E tree cutting

By Jay Gamel of the Kenwood Press

The fight between a few homeowners in Oakmont and utility giant PG&E has escalated to the point that Congressman Mike Thompson (D-1st District) has called on PG&E to work out a plan that provides clearly understood standards for managing vegetation under its high-voltage power lines statewide.

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