Sep 10, 2018

Report of our September workday

On Saturday, local residents got together at the Panhandle to help our gardening staff with the continuing effort to keep the Panhandle Park welcoming and beautiful.

Brian suggested that maintenance of the irrigation system for the rain garden was overdue. That involved opening up the control box, and giving everyone a tutorial on the controls inside. 

It also required an assessment of all of the sprinkler heads, cleaning or replacing those that were clogged or damaged, and in some cases, digging out and and re-positioning the fixture. It was the most thorough maintenance of the irrigation that volunteers have been involved in, and will be important to give the garden some watering during the warm months ahead.

Not all of the volunteers on Saturday were wrapped up in the irrigation system, others were busy raking out beds, deadheading the blooms and removing weeds from the mound, and trimming back the shrubs surrounding the playground. We wrapped up with some raking of the leaves near the basketball courts.

Jul 19, 2018

Report of our July workday

At our workday on Saturday, Panhandle Park Stewards were out in force to help out our Rec & Park gardening staff with the planted areas around the playground and to recoup some of the pathways that had been covered in mud & debris.

Summer brings a lot of growth, and our rain garden needed some ongoing weeding and raking. Also widespread basal shoots (suckers) emerging from the roots of the elm trees in the area were sawed or clipped back to the ground. The eclectic plantings around the perimeter of the playground also received some attention. We want them to stay beautiful through their final days before the rebuilding of the playground next year.

Jul 4, 2018

Workdays continuing - join us at the Panhandle July 14

Panhandle workdays continue during the summer, with the next one coming up on July 14.

Panhandle Community Workday
Saturday, July 14
9 am - 12 noon
Meet at the bulletin board (near Oak @ Ashbury)
Tools & gloves are provided - all are welcome!

Recently, the parks department completed work in the Panhandle parklets near Oak @ Stanyan, with  tree trimming and turf restoration - the most sod I've ever seen laid in the Panhandle!

Apr 19, 2018

April workday report

It was great to have USF students show up and join with our regular volunteers
After a morning of raking by a group of volunteers, a thick layer of San Francisco's own home-grown wood-chip mulch now covers the ground beneath the branches of the cherry, plum and horse-chestnut trees at the Panhandle's eastern edge. The mulch will protect the roots of these juvenile trees from the heavy feet of the many, many human visitors the park will see this spring and summer. Over the past several years, volunteers for the community workdays in the Panhandle have spent a good deal of time with this cluster of trees, amending the soil, sheet mulching, and removing weeds. They now provide a welcoming sight, with the pink blooms of the cherry and plum trees in early spring and the large panicles of the horse chestnut holding creamy white flowers in late spring.

Brian deposits a load of wood chips under Cheryl's watchful eye
We actually separated into two groups of volunteers, so that several young trees near Clayton could also get a layer of protective mulch. Once these projects were complete, and we were fortified by a snack of homemade baked goods, we ventured to the rain garden and mound to remove spring weeds. In comparison with the perpetually chilly March workday, the April workday was warm and sunny, so it felt good to work in the shade of the Panhandle's tall trees.