Thank you to all the neighbors who celebrated Earth Day at our Spring Clean Up! We had a great turn out and did some clean up of the invasive english ivy near the Red Trail as well as picked up yard debris from the woods and trimmed dead tree branches and low lying ones.
Upcoming Projects: Some projects that your Landscape committee is working on this year include addressing the drainage problems and soil erosion in common areas. In addition, we are committed to creating more aesthetically pleasing and ecologically friendly common areas.
Invasive Plants: What are invasives?
These are non-native weeds, plants, insect pests and other organisms introduced intentionally or accidentally by people who move them from their native range.
Why should we remove invasive plants from our yards and community space?
Did you know that invasive plants overwhelm and displace our native flora? This deprives Reston’s birds, butterflies and other wildlife of essential food needed to survive the year’s many challenges, from raising young to surviving the winter. Invasive species do not provide these services like our natives do, and they end up reducing habitat.
An invasive species like English Ivy that we see in Boston Ridge’s trees thrives in the shade and will grow into thick carpets on forest floors, crowding out native vegetation. Invasives will climb and eventually overtake even a mature tree, weakening branches, damaging bark and denying the tree the sunlight it needs for growth and nourishment. Weakened plants and trees are more susceptible to problems like pests and disease and more of a hazard to our community.
How do I identify invasive species in my yard?
Here is a list of some of Virginia’s Invasive Species: Virginia Invasive Plant List
It is best to remove invasive plants (including roots) and dispose of them properly in the trash. Do not compost these species as their seeds and roots will continue to thrive. Plant native plants in their place like Creeping Phlox, American Wisteria, Golden Ragwort and Southern Arrowwood, for example.
Why should I plant native species?
Native plants increase birds and butterflies in your yard, improve soil fertility and reduce runoff and erosion.
Where can I purchase native plants in Northern Virginia in 2019?
Here is your resource for more information about Northern Virginia Native Plants and where to purchase them: Plant NoVa Natives Resources
How does dumping leaves and plants in the woods hurt the common space?
Dumping your dead leaves and yard debris in the woods stops the next generation of the forest, not allowing for tree seedlings, ferns and woodland wildflowers like white wood aster, wild ginger and foamflower to survive. Dumping and clearing the open space damages these natural areas and violates both Fairfax County laws and the Code of Virginia.
How do I dispose of my yard debris?
Do your part and keep our open space healthy and free of yard debris. Properly dispose of yard debris at the monthly RA debris pickup days, compost leaves and non-invasive plants or dispose of them on clean up days or trash days.
Upcoming RA Brush Chipping Dates and Locations: May 18, 19 at Lake Audobon Pool and June 15, 16 at Central Services Facility.