Mulch was added to 94 oak seedling beds along Russell Boulevard west of Davis this past weekend with the help of two local businesses. The valley oak and coast live oak seedlings were planted a year ago by the Russell Boulevard Tree Project volunteers and are growing along a stretch of the bike path adjacent to a part of the T.S. Glide Ranch, west of Fairfield Elementary School.
Volunteers continue to care for and water the trees, the first of which were planted in 2009.
Sean Cookman of Woodland-based Yolo County Arborist donated three truckloads of wood-chip mulch to the project. Dan Garrett of Garrett Landscaping in Davis donated his time, expertise and Bobcat to spread the mulch around the seedlings on Saturday, despite the rain.
“I’m glad to help, and this is a worthy project,” Garrett said.
Twenty-five of the coast live oak seedlings were donated last year by Pacific Gas & Electric Company and were planted with the help of the Sacramento Tree Foundation and its volunteers. Some of the seedlings died over the summer so the project’s master arborist, Dave Muffly of Palo Alto, evaluated the situation and suggested large quantities of mulch for each tree.
“The mulch is needed in order to improve soil quality and help deter ground squirrels from burrowing into the trees’ beds,” Muffly said.
One final planting party is slated from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, to plant the last 35 trees along the bike path. The project was made possible by a grant from Soroptimist International of Davis.
Volunteers will be able to register soon on the Tree Davis website, said Keith McAleer, director of Tree Davis.