Completed by Crystal Habenschuss and Faith Tarasuk
The Mission: Remove unwanted plants and mulch the garden to clean up the look and promote the growth of other plants
On the side of our school, we have a garden that was infested with burrs, thistles, dandelions, chicory, and others. These plants were a mess of green, plus they looked unsightly, so Crystal and Faith took it upon themselves to clean up the garden. This garden is a common spot for students to walk by, so they wanted to create a space that they can stop and admire. This involved removing all of the unwanted plants, and mulching the gardens over to help prevent more weeds from growing.
A picture of the garden before removing any plants
The first step was removing all of the unwanted weeds and plants that were infesting the garden, such as chicory, dandelions, and burrs. Not only do these plants look out of place and messy, they take nutrients from the plants that we want to flourish here. By pulling out the weeds by their roots, not only do we get rid of the weeds, we make sure that they wont grow back from that same root. Next they laid down fabric on the garden to also help from preventing new weeds from growing. Finally, with the help of a couple students, the garden was mulched. Mulch helps a garden by retaining water that eventually gets absorbed by plants, and also makes the garden generally look nicer. The finished garden has been completely transformed from the mess of plants that it was before to a clean, simple, and beautiful garden that it is now.