Monday, March 11, 2013

Join us for special Saturday McKinley Square Hillside Restoration
Saturday March 16th, 10am-12:30pm


What: Restoring the McKinley Square hillside with native plants.  

Where: McKinley Square Hillside, in San Francisco, at 20th St at San Bruno Ave.  

When: We meet once a month,  next meet up is Saturday March 16th, 10am-12:30pm 

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Below is a brief summary with pictures to help illustrate what we do. 


Foxtails :  The McKinley Square hillside is a designated off leash dog area, which but has a foxtail infestation. 
What are they? sometimes called wild barley, foxtail weeds feature arrow shaped seeds that can be hazardous and fatal to dogs, getting caught in dogs toes, underbelly, and especially dangerous when inhaled in a dog's nose. Foxtails pop up every spring, and we have been eradicating them at McKinley Square and replacing them with native plants and grasses. We have been doing this for a number of years, but we can really use a large group to help remove them from the hillside in one shot. If we keep our efforts up, the foxtails will be virtually eliminated. Please join us.

There has been an ongoing effort by volunteers remove the foxtail weeds and plant native plants and grasses. 

Natives such as  Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus Aurantiacus), Perennial Aster (Aster chilensis), California Scorpion Flower (Phacelia californica), Gum Plant (Grindelia camporum), Costal Buckwheat (Eriogonum Latifolium), Red Fescue (Festuca rubra ‘Molate’) , California Fescue (Festuca californica ), Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha ), Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), Monardella Villosa (coyote mint), Carex vulpinoidea (Brown fox sedge), Indian milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa ), Narrowleaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis ), Showy Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons var albifrons), Summer Lupine (Lupinus formosus ), Calfornia Melic (Melica californica), One-sided Bluegrass (Poa secunda), Sea Thrift (Armeria) 


These native are good for native butterflies and other insects.  Real differences are showing at McKinley Square as more and more butterflies appear in spring, and less and less foxtails. 
All volunteers get to go home with a few rare native plants.  What is good for the hillside, is also good for our backyards.

On our volunteer days, lunch and drinks are typically supplied by Potrero Hill's Goat Hill Pizza & Chiotras Grocery.

The volunteers at McKinley Square are non-profit fiscal sponsored organization.