Dig a hole, put the tree in, put some of the soil back.   EASY!

But wait!  There’s more…

Inspecting the root ball, digging a hole of the right size and planting at the correct depth can make a big difference for your tree.

Please attend our next meeting for tips on proper planting as well as suggestions on how to select and care for a new tree.

Increasing tree canopy is on of the best things we can do for the watershed and so we want new trees to live a long, productive life.

Space is limited so please register soon using the form below

how to plant a tree flyer





Please join us for a walk in the park on June 11 led by Suzette Lyon and Bill Shanabruch.  

We will leave from the Stone House at 6:3o p.m. and expect the walk to take  45 – 60 minutes.  Along the way we will see examples of tree planting success, discuss the effects of storm water that flows down Reedy Creek into the lake, identify some invasive species and see some lovely native plants including the wild ginger pictured below.  If you have binoculars, you might want to bring them.

A short business meeting will follow the walk.   

Please e-mail reedycreekcoalition@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Flowers of wild ginger, in the genus Asarum

Flowers of wild ginger, in the genus Asarum

Do you have something growing in your yard that looks like this in early May?

What Is This Mystery Plant?

What Is This Mystery Plant?

Here is another picture of the same plant in another yard.  In this picture you see why it is called Rudbeckia triloba.  Many if its leaves are “three lobed.”  Not all though — the shape of the leaf can vary considerably.  Other names for it are “thin-leaf coneflower” and “brown-eyed susan.”

Mystery Plant Identified as Rudbeckia Trilobz

Mystery Plant Identified as Rudbeckia triloba

If you ARE lucky enough to have some of this in your yard, put a little fence around it right away to prevent it from being mowed.  Come August or so, it will look like this:

Triloba in Bloom

Rudbeckia triloba in Bloom

These flowers are loved by goldfinches and many pollinators such as butterflies.

They are especially wonderful blooming in large masses:

Rudbeckia in Mass

Rudbeckia triloba in Mass

If you gaze closely at a mass of them, you can become a little “hypnotized” and swear they are looking back at you.  No flower expresses more wonderfully the “joy of being alive.”



invasive removal for postHelp save the wild flowers in Forest Hill Park!

Join us to find and remove English ivy seedlings and small plants that are just getting started in areas where lovely native wildflowers still exist.

We will walk the woods to search for and removing these small plants before they become big problems.  This search and destroy mission even has a name in the invasive species world…

 Early Detection, Rapid Response

Here are the details:

Saturday, May 3  9:00 am – Noon
or as long as you can stay.

Meet at the lake near the dam.  The work area is downstream from there, toward Riverside Drive.

Removing the plants will be easy, but we will be working on a slope.  Wear good, sturdy shoes, bring garden gloves if you have them, and water.
A few people will be asked to remove some larger invasives, but most of us will walk the woods.

  Please register here …


Questions ??   reedycreekcoalition@gmail.com

Go Wild with Natives

Go Wild with Natives

Come to our meeting at the Stone House on April 9, 6:30 – 8:00 to learn why native plants are the answer!

Admission is free, but space is limited

To sign up to attend this presentation, please click on the following link:

How is your watershed vision?

 Is it murkey and muddy like Reedy Creek after a rain?

 Do you know why it looks that way?

Attend our workshop and we can clear that up for you!

See the details on our flyer below.

The registration “fee” is either $20 or 20 volunteer hours.

CLICK HERE to register

And please see our previous post for volunteer opportunities.

This event is limited to 40 participants. 

20 20 poster

Become a member of the Reedy Creek Coalition by volunteering with us.  There are many ways you can do this.  Here are some examples.

  • Become trained as an auditor for stormwater management on private and / or commercial properties.  An audit is actually a fun and challenging combination of detective work and problem solving.  Learn about various Best Management Practices such as those illustrated below.

Learn how to tell if a gutter downspout is “connected” (discharge reaches the street and hence the creek or river) or “disconnected” (discharge soaks into the ground).  If a downspout is connected, you may be able to re-direct the outflow so that it soaks into the ground rather than reaching the street.

If a downspout is connected, you may be able to re-direct the outflow so that it soaks into the ground rather than reaching the street.

Learn about rain barrels and how to store rain water for later use or re-direct a gutter discharge to an area you would like to be moist.  The overflow from this rain barrel is being re-directed to water some spice bushes which require moist conditions.

The discharge from this rain barrel is being re-directed to water some spice bushes which require moist conditions.

Learn about permeable pavers. (See http://www.estormwater.com/preserving-past.  As stated in this article, this layout at the VA Capitol grounds was designed to direct storm water into the ground, instead of allowing it to flow to the James River.)  Permeable pavers can be installed anywhere but are especially useful for commercial areas. Photo used by permission from Ted Corvey

These permeable pavers were installed at the VA Capitol grounds.

Learn about rain gardens.  These areas are constructed to be  low-lying and trap water with plants that can handle wet or dry conditions.  Like permeable pavers, they can be installed anywhere but are especially useful for commercial areas.


  • Participate in stormwater management audits of private and / or commercial properties.  A report is written for every property audited.  We’ve improved the auditing process so that by the time the audit is completed, the report that must be sent to each “auditee” is virtually written.  You’ll be working on a team to help with making BMP suggestions.
  • Become trained in stream monitoring.  We do this monthly at assigned sites in the creek, as part of a team.  The results are compiled and used to track the progress or decline of  Reedy Creek. 
  • Are you a writer?  Write articles — general or specific articles — to educate the community about our mission, how to prevent stormwater runoff and other topics such as description of native plants or habitats. We can publish these on our website.
  • Encourage and coordinate volunteers by keeping  track of volunteer hours and advertising the need for volunteers for RCC projects.
  • Participate in workday projects.  Throughout the year we conduct work projects, doing such things as storm-sewer stenciling, tree-planting, and invasive plant (e.g. as English Ivy and Japanese Stilt Grass) removal.
  • Learn about BayScaping and about how landscaping with native plants can, in itself, decrease stormwater runoff.  This knowledge will be important when you do stormwater audits.

garden July 2013_sm_2A native plant garden is beautiful.

  • Are you a gardener?  Help us grow native plants that act as host plants and nectar  plants to native pollinators and help with runoff control. We will offer these plants to the public.  Plants we need include milkweed, monarda, boneset, joe pye weed, goldenrod, spice bush and many others.  We dream of having our own native plants nursery.  For now, we must rely on individuals to grow plants in their own yards.  Could you help with this?

Ready for Milkweed Seeds, etc.

peat pots_sm

Please do consider joining us.  We usually meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Stone House in Forest Hill Park, but check our calendar on the website to confirm meeting dates and times.   With help from the community we can make a difference in the health of Reedy Creek and have fun doing it.  Feel free to contact us at reedycreekcoalition@gmail.com for any questions you have concerning meetings or joining  us on any of our activities.


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