Here in the Cheasty Woods, invasive ivy and blackberry have made up a big portion of the challenge to plant diversity. Volunteers work together throughout the year to hinder the dominating potential of these weeds while we nurture a more diverse range of resident species.
Alas, Seattle’s urban forests also struggle with many other invasive weeds. At the Angeline trailhead, volunteers focus on keeping the bindweed in check. Like ivy, bindweed is well adapted to climb up resident plants and eventually blanket and suppress the life underneath it. Like ivy, the bindweed spreads out under the soil surface in long, interconnected thread-like roots that go both shallow and deep.
Unlike ivy, the bind weed is fast!
Frequent community service all summer helps keep this trailhead in good shape while the native plants mature and establish themselves in the space.