A pollinator meadow near Lexington Center
Lexington Living Landscapes, with a crew of dedicated volunteers, embarked on a project to establish a pollinator meadow of native plants on the Minuteman Bikeway in summer 2021. The site is located about 1,000 feet east of Woburn Street, adjacent to the town conservation land known as the Brown Homestead.
The site the morning of June 5, just before we began work. Between the grass and the trees is a very vigorous stand of knotweed.
Most of our hearty crew later in the day, with the cleared site in the background.
End of the first year (December 2021)
Buckwheat cover crop in July 2021: a floral resource for pollinators and part of our knotweed suppression plan.
Our meadow-to-be in December 2021: with one season of knotweed cutting complete, we will return in the spring.
Spring of Year Two! (March - June 2022)
We were busy over winter, working with native garden designer Jean Devine of Devine Native Plantings to prepare a planting plan for the meadow, which we took to the Conservation Commission for approval in March.
Part of the meadow planting plan.
Healthy plants ready for our first round of planting in June.
The fantastic knotweed pulling crew.