Second Saturday Tree Care Day held at the Military West westbound freeway offramp.
Twenty volunteers arrived on a cool Saturday morning at the offramp from I-780 to give some TLC to 20 trees planted in 2020 by another group of volunteers organized by the Benicia Tree Foundation. The trees (Coast live oak, blue oak and buckeye) were hidden by thick vegetation that grew from the rains last November and December. The volunteers took on the task of weeding, mulching and watering each tree, then installing cages to protect the trees from Caltrans mowers. Prior to fire season, when the weeds turn straw-colored, Caltrans will dispatch mowers to abate the weeds in its right-of-way.
Most of the volunteers were from 22-C Galaxy Flight from Travis Air Force Base Airman Leadership School. Other volunteers were from the Boy Scouts, Benicia High School, and Benicia residents. The hard work of these volunteers will help sustain the trees which were planted through the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program. Benicia Tree Foundation organizes Tree Care Days on 2nd Saturdays and 3rd Thursdays of most months of the year. Click here to see what is scheduled..
Volunteers were given a demonstration weed, mulching and watering a tree.
Vegetation was thick at the offramp, but the soil was still workable.
Clearing weeds from a tree.
Tree has been weeded, mulched and watered.
Some volunteers picked up litter at the site.
Three five-foot stakes are pounded in place to support the cages.
Everyone takes a turn with the pole pounder.
Cage installed around a tree.
Tree that has been weeded, mulched, watered and caged.
Two volunteers unroll the welded-wire fencing which another forms the cages.
Fabricating tree cages from rolls of welded-wire fencing.
Weeds clears for four- to five-foot radius around tree.
Weeding, mulching and watering completed.
The only wildlife found that day.
Volunteers assemble for a group shot before they leave.