Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: Paint It Green

Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 23, 2012.  Somehow, the green paint does not make up for the destruction of nearly 4 acres of mature urban forest, as seen from Corralitas Drive.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 23, 2012.  I suspect it's not green paint, but it's hydroseeding, which starts a nice crop of weeds that will never look good past the first year.  (Example: the slope closest to Riverside Drive on the 18-Acre Elysian Park Parcel looked terrific the first spring, and like crap ever since.) 
Give the Semi-Tropic developers credit for trying to get something growing on those 2:1 graded slopes before the rainy season turns the site into the Semi Tropic Mudfest. 
Also worth noting: they've planted a bunch of trees too.  Expect 3 out of 4 cultivated oak trees to die within the first 3 years of planting.  Don't be too impressed with their claim to be planting 80 trees; most of the trees won't make it.