Grass-Plugging for the Kingdom of GodA Piedmont Patch Project
Saturday, July 29, 8 AM – 10 AM.
The Church of the Advocate has received a gift of almost 500 native grass “plugs” for the area around the dam. This significant gift is an important next step in our Piedmont Patch Project, “to restore native flora and fauna, one patch of the Piedmont at a time. Previous steps have been to expand our vegetable garden and to stock the Advocate Pond with hundreds of fingerling bass, catfish and brim. The grasses owe have received will not only bring back native flora to the site, they will also serve an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of the dam.
However, the plugs need to be planted soon. So we’re looking for volunteers to come to the Pond, Saturday, July 29, 8:00 AM-10 AM (hoping to beat the heat!) to plug and learn!
Planting logistics which will involve electric drills with bulb-planting augers, and teams of folks doing drilling, planting (“plugging”), and watering.
Project botanical consultant, Cathy Bollinger, and her associates have already begun to prepare the site for us. Cathy will be with us on Saturday morning, and, as always, will teach as we go.
All are welcome!
Please contact Day Smith Pritchartt to sign up for the morning.
Here are links to photos of the beautiful grasses we have been given. Our dam will be singing its own Alleluia by next summer!
Andropogon gerardii (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/andropogon-gerardi i) — “Big Bluestem”
Panicum virgatum ‘North Wind’ (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/panicum-virgatum- northwind) — “Upright Switchgrass”
Sporobolus heterolepsis (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/sporobolus-heterol epis) — “Prairie Dropseed”
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla
nts/details/schizachyrium-scop arium-minnbluea-blue-heaven- pp17310) — “Little Bluestem”S. scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ (http://hoffmannursery.com/pla nts/details/schizachyrium-scop arium-standing-ovation-ppaf)