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Dramatic Results from Invasive Vine Removal

On the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, volunteers arrived bright and early at the community garden in Chinquapin Run Park to remove invasive plants and vines. The volunteers hailed primarily from Morgan State University and neighborhoods surrounding the park; we were also aided by Ryan Dorsey, who is running for City Council in the 3rd District. Experts from Baltimore Green Space and Weed Warriors were on hand to identify plants, provide tools, and demonstrate removal methods.

Morgan students volunteering at invasive removal
Morgan students volunteering at invasive removal

Our primary targets were the easily uprooted garlic mustard plant, and the not so easily removed English ivy vine. The garlic mustard could be removed by hand, but we attacked the vines with all the tools at our disposal–pruning shears, loppers, and, for the really big vines, saws. The first tree we focused on was the centrally located, very striking sycamore tree that dominates the area behind the community garden. As you can see from the photo below, the sycamore carried quite a load of vines, but with some hard work we freed it from the worst of the mess. We were also able to address several other trees that were covered in ivy.

Sycamore tree: before
Sycamore tree: before

By the end of the morning, the volunteers had removed hundreds of pounds of invasive plants.

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However, our work in Chinquapin Run Park is far from done. We will continue our efforts in the coming months to make the park a clean, friendly, welcoming place for Morgan students, faculty, and staff and members of the communities around the park.

Sycamore tree: after
Sycamore tree: after

Invasive Plant Removal and Cleanup

The Morgan Community Mile is partnering with the Perring Loch Community Association, Weed Warriors, Blue Water Baltimore, and Baltimore Green Space in an invasive plant removal extravaganza at Chinquapin Run Park this Saturday, May 9th. The event begins at 8:30am, but we will be out there for several hours so please feel free to come by later if you like to sleep in. We will be providing gloves, clippers, and trash bags, but you can bring your own tools if you would like. We will have bottled water, but don’t forget sun protection like hats and sunscreen! It would be best to wear close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and long pants to protect from thorns and poison ivy.

We will meet at the community garden in the eastern end of the park, on the west side of Hillen Road where it splits into Perring Parkway. It is approximately at the intersection of Hillen Road and Stonewood Road. The image below has the meeting spot circled in yellow.

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We hope to see you there!

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