Is that thistle a friendly native or a nasty invasive? Would you like to know the easy way to rid your yard of that awful bull thistle? Do you know how to report the musk thistle you saw while walking your dog?
If you’d like to learn all this and more, then grab your favorite weeding tool (and some thick gloves), and join the Trails Club on Saturday, July 8 for a one hour workshop and weed pull atop the ski hill.
At this event you will learn to identify two invasive thistle species (bull and musk ), and to distinguish them from our native Anderson’s thistle. We will likely also talk about two other invasive weeds common in this area, field bindweed and white sweet clover.
Finally, we’ll turn our attention to the musk thistle infestation growing atop the Eagle Rock lift. The Trails Club has made considerable progress controlling this infestation the last several years, and today the infestation is quite small, but even small infestations require regular attention to prevent their resurgence.
One Hour Invasive Weed Workshop & Thistle Pull
– Date: Saturday, July 8
– Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
– Meeting Place: The gate to the Cell Tower on Skislope Way. (Google Map.) People often have trouble finding this spot. The gate’s GPS coordinates are 39.3468, -120.2637, or if you prefer an address 14668 Ski Slope Way will get you close.
– What to wear: Most of the remaining musk thistle are growing on the loose embankment under the ski lift, so wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat, thick work gloves, and use sun protection.
– What to bring: Plenty of water and your favorite weeding tool. Small round point shovels, heavy-duty garden trowels, and hori-hori digging knives are especially recommended, but any weeding implement will work just fine. We will have extra tools on hand if needed.
– RSVP: Though we will bring extra, to assure that we have enough handouts for everyone, an RSVP is requested. Please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.