As Spring sprung Seattle Parks planting season comes to an end. The plants planted in Fall and Winter have much better chances for survival as they have good conditions to recover from transplant shock in the wet months. Planting season starts again in November 2018.
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Out of over 500 native plants we received for Fairmount Park we worked really hard over the last weeks to plant as many as possible before Spring. The challenge we faced was that the mass of invasive plants we removed took up so much space that the areas that were planned for replanting were limited. For the last 80 plants we had to branch out in the area were we haven't started removing invasives yet.
Also, because of wildlife feeding on the invasives it's recommended to only take out about 25 % every year, so the new plants can take over and feed in the upcoming years instead.
We got the majority of our new plants in the ground in November and January, and now the leftovers in February and March.
For the next season we will maintain and remove the invasives growing back and for the dry months we will need to find a way to water the new plants. And in Fall we can start taking out more blackberries and replant with more native berries.
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