But as both neighborhoods are part of/share the same watershed, you could say we planted in just one waterhood.
In total, during our 2022 planting, we planted: • Over 30,000 gallons of stormwater (that will be captured in the constructed earthworks in an average year of rain) per year. (This water used to wastefully drain out of the neighborhoods, creating downstream flooding). • 29 native trees that will grow to full size (some of these were planted within rain gardens created in previous years where trees were mistakenly removed by outside “maintenance” crews). • 4 bush trees (see here for an example) • 85 native, multi-use understory plants • Quarter pound of Wildlands Restoration’s Short Stuff native wildflower, groundcover, and grass seed mix; and Bosque del Bac Restoration seed mix, along with neighborhood-grown coyote gourd seed and datura seed.
Volunteers who helped plant: 22
Neighborhoods represented by the volunteers that helped plant: 5
Neighborhood blocks of public pedestrian paths cleared of gravel/rock, pruned, widened to five feet, and built up with dirt excavated from basins to get public path level with top of street curb—to regain full pedestrian access: 3 Four-inch diameter curb cores made to direct street runoff into street-side basins: 9
Existing driveway dips in street curb used as street-side basin inlets: 1
Contractors we collaborated with to create the earthworks pre-planting, and the curb core holes post-planting: • Little John Excavating • Dryland Design • Native Roots • Tucson Concrete Cutting
Spread the word for next year If you live within this waterhood share this with you neighbors, as we’ll be taking orders for the 2023 plantings in December 2022. Check our Events page and Blog later this year for updates. Or better yet, sign up on our Contact page.
Breakdown of the 2022 planting numbers by neighborhood: Dunbar/SpringNeighborhood Planted: Over 25,000 gallons of stormwater per year 25 trees that will grow to full size 3 bush trees 70 understory plants 8 curb cores (plus, one driveway dip in curb was used instead of a curb core) 14 volunteers
West University Neighborhood Planted: Over 5,000 gallons of stormwater per year 4 trees that will grow to full size 1 bush tree 15 understory plants 1 curb core 8 volunteers
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