Gearing up for 18,000 bloomers
Arch State Park might look like its barely waking
up from its winter nap, but park staff are already scrambling.
Its the time of year to stress out, laughed
park manager Wayne Eden.
Park gardeners June Auld and Allison Clarke have been pruning and raking and mowing at breakneck speed. Weve been getting rid of all the debris from winter, raking up leaves so insects have fewer places to hide, Auld said. The park features a collection of shaped evergreens, which need shaping in the spring. Dormant trees and shrubs, like the parks rose garden, also need to be pruned.
The parks lush green lawns were treated to aeration and 30,000 pounds of fertilizer in the fall and are taking off in warmer spring weather. This is our third mow and its only the third of April, Auld said. The park only fertilizes the lawn in the fall, but Auld said spring doesnt hurt.
Next, the Peace Arch park crew will turn to weeding and tilling their signature flower beds. The 28 beds in the park will have 20 yards of manure spread, then be rototilled and raked.
What were thinking about now is getting all those beds ready for 18,000 annuals coming in May, Auld said. The flag alone takes 3,500 plants.