Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 20, 2011. A large swath of non-native, invasive Arundo was cleared from "Lot C" of the Red Car Property last week. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
The Arundo was not cleared all the way to the property line. The piles of cut Arundo were removed by Saturday. It's been nearly 10 years since the Arundo was cleared properly, so, it's better than nothing. LAFD "red tagged" the property for brush clearance 6 weeks ago.
Arundo is highly combustible. When it catches fire, the gases build up in the hollow chambers of the stem, exploding and spreading fire in all directions. It is a terrible landscaping choice for hillside neighborhoods.
The California Invasive Plant Council classifies Giant Reed (Arundo donax) as highly invasive.