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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
I think this is a wild cherry tree that has come up on it own along the St. Joseph River bank. If anyone knows for sure what type of tree this is, let me know.

Catching up with yard work

My long weekend off from work at the Journal Gazette turned into a work weekend in the yard. I took advantage of some cooler weather to cut down all the invasive, bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, tree of heaven and Norwegian maple plants along the river bank.

Keeping the invasives under control for the most part has enabled three mulberries, a couple of wild cherry trees, three redbuds and a buckeye tree to start growing on their own. I still have to cut the invasive plants down often throughout the growing season, but it was great to see some native plants starting to establish themselves.

I moved on to pull weeds from my flower beds that have gotten a head start from the mild winter we had.

I also picked up 5 yards mulch from the Yard Waste Recycling site on Lake Avenue for the bargain price of $5. My neighbor John helped me put thick layers around my trees and bushes, which really added to the bargain. I am really lucky to have such a nice neighbor whose truck I used as well.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)