Missouri City Green volunteers lent their hands and shovels to Missouri City’s City Forester Paul Wierzbicki’s native shrub planting at the Missouri City Branch library, 1530 Texas Parkway, on Saturday, October 8.
The volunteers planted 30 plants – a variety of turk’s caps and lantanas – near the young “Freedom Tree” live oak in front of the library (planted by Wierzbicki last year). The City Forester said, “These types of native shrubs serve as a nice habitat for butterflies and hummingbirds. Missouri City Green’s volunteers’ contribution makes a positive difference in the community.”
Not only do the plantings provide habitat and aesthetic beauty, but in the end help save labor time, and costs, according to Missouri City Green volunteer, Angie Sanders. “Now that this very small median has tons of useful and quite lovely plants, maintenance crews no longer need to mow or take their weedwackers to this area on a regular basis because the whole strip has been mulched. Plus – these native plants are pretty hardy and usually can withstand the sometimes harsh weather we get here.”
Missouri City-area residents who are interested in green spaces and parks, trees and native plants, recycling or hiking and biking trails are encouraged to get involved with Missouri City Green. For questions or more information, log onto www.missouricitygreen.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.