CityPlants are planting trees in Elysian Park!
It’s part of an effort to reforest the park, where hundreds of trees are dead or dying from drought and disease.
October 15th’s planting near Scott Avenue and Elysian Park Road was the first of three that will take place across the Park. 100 trees were planted, of which 97 are still alive. The following trees (1 gallon size) were planted: 15 Coast Live Oaks, 5 Desert Willows, 5 Chinese Pistache, 30 Brisbane Box, 30 Afghan Pines, and 30 Narrow-Leaved Eucalyptus. It will be quite a while before the tiny trees, some only inches tall, will be big enough to cast some meaningful shade. But even big trees start out small.
The saplings were planted in what are called Land Life Cocoons, which help support the tree and force the roots deeper into the ground to tap into ground water. The cocoon also includes a circular basin, covered by mulch, that stores and supplies water to the young trees. According to the manufacturer, the saplings won’t have to be irrigated during the first year after they have been planted.
“This major reforest project is a significant step toward strengthening the park’s biodiversity with the latest drought-resilient technology,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in a statement.
The plantings, which are funded with grants from the National Arbor Foundation and Boise Paper, also involve several city agencies, including the Recreation and Parks Department and the L.A. Department of Water and Power.