Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Arrives at the US National Arboretum...

Finally. After a long cold snowy winter, we were all more than ready for it!

Spring Planting Season at the US National Arboretum

George Waters, Dogwood ASRT,  dug trees from our nursery bed and planted them out in the Dogwood Collection last week. Some had good-sized root balls. Joe Menes is helping by moving one of the larger plants with the New Holland skid steerer. The window for this work is small; we've got to go after the ground thaws, between the heavy rains when the soil is dry enough to plant, and before bud break. George used every bit of that window this year!

The Grass Roots Exhibt moves forward at the US National Arboretum

Kevin, Geoff, and Brent (mostly Brent) installed the irrigation for the natural side of the Sports Turf  element of the Turf Grass Exhibit. Rain has slowed work on the display space but things are moving steadily towards the opening this summer. In the background sand and rubber are being added and worked in to the artificial turf. They provide cushioning and padding.