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Dixon Branch Creek Crawl

Dixon Branch Creek Crawl

July 9 Sunday (new date) — 1 to 2 pm Meet at Playground Park (Lippit/Sylvania at Sinclair) New date due to high water and very slippery conditions on the trail on July 2nd & June 25th Escape from the heat in the cool rushing water of Dixon Branch, a significant feeder of White Rock Lake that flows all year. Water quality tests show that it has some of the cleanest water you will ever find in an urban water body. It’s…

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Arborists’ report on the Peavy landmark tree

Arborists’ report on the Peavy landmark tree

by Amy Martin Eastwood Riparian Committee The landmark tree at Peavy and Lake Highlands, often referred to as the “Indian marker tree,” was visited by two of Dallas’ top arborists after being vandalized. The gist of their reports is: The tree lost around 50% of its canopy. Not much leafage left to support the rest of the tree. But it should be able to make it. The tree has been sinking steadily for the past several years. See photos below….

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Wildflower Walk

Celebrate Earth Day with a Wildflower Walk

by Michael Parkey, ASLA   On Sunday April 23 (the day after Earth Day) at 1 pm we will take our annual Eastwood Wildflower Walk. Do you wonder what all those flowers are, but have never had time to learn their names? Take a short leisurely hike through the meadows and smell the flowers. Of course, we will stop at Eastwood’s famous bluebonnet patch. Do you know how those bluebonnets got there? And why they don’t grow everywhere in the…

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Eastwood Riparian: Fighting fallen trees & poison ivy to clear the trail

Eastwood Riparian: Fighting fallen trees & poison ivy to clear the trail

The Eastwood Riparian Committee convened at the park last Sunday with two tasks: reduce poison ivy along the trail and clear a cedar tree which had fallen to block the trail. Stellar year for poison ivy, especially along the lush Woods & Wildflower and Hidden Meadow Trails. But Eastwood is hosting Michael Parkey’s Wildflower Walk on Sunday April 23, so we had to get the trail ready. ~*~ This mixed ground cover is full of poison ivy! So we killed…

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Citizens save the beloved “Indian marker tree,” but just barely

Citizens save the beloved “Indian marker tree,” but just barely

by Amy Martin Oh no! Not again! Not that tree, not our tree, our beloved “Indian marker tree,” our landmark, our friend. The landmark leaning tree on Peavy just past Lake Highlands in the Dixon Branch greenbelt.  For decades Eastlake residents have taken family pictures perched on the tree’s horizontal trunk. People picnic there. Small children adore it; after all, it’s at their level. Photo by Velpeau E Hawes Jr. And now it’s almost all gone. Remaining photos by Amy…

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Eastwood Riparian: Beautifying the Picnic Area

Eastwood Riparian: Beautifying the Picnic Area

The wonderful folks at Spring Creek Forest Preserve offered Eastwood Riparian the chance to dig up native roughleaf dogwood and coralberry shrubs from an area the Garland park department was planning to mow. Many thanks to Dana Wilson and David Parrish of Spring Creek for setting up this exchange. A couple weeks ago, Eastwood Riparian cleared much invasive privet and ligustrum from Playground Park by the picnic table. These two native plants will now flourish there instead, providing better erosion control…

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Eastwood Riparian: Privet Pull at the Playground

Eastwood Riparian: Privet Pull at the Playground

Left on its own, Chinese privet and ligustrum would swallow the entire Playground Park. It was encroaching on the picnic table rise, making for a cramped and shadowy place. Working with chainsaws and an awesome tool called the Bigfoot Extractigator on loan from Friends of Spring Creek Forest, the Eastwood Riparian Committee whupped up on it. The problem was not helped by a large tree which fell last fall.   However, it did create some terrific wildlife habitat and woodpecker…

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