A walk along the Spring Creek Greenway trails may one day yield more than just fresh air. Last summer, Commissioner Cagle began a new initiative aimed at restoring native fruit and nut trees along the greenway for families and wildlife to enjoy.
A walk along the Spring Creek Greenway trails may one day yield more than just fresh air.
Last summer, Commissioner Cagle began a new initiative aimed at restoring native fruit and nut trees along the greenway for families and wildlife to enjoy.
“Most residents don’t get a chance to enjoy fruit and nuts directly from the tree,” said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “Best of all, these varieties are all native to the south, so they need little maintenance once established.”
In all, Precinct 4 staff and volunteers planted 185 trees last winter, including pecan, walnut, Mexican plum, persimmon, and pawpaw. Although the pawpaw tree is a Texas native, stores usually don’t carry their fruit because it ripens quickly and bruises easily. Despite the fruit’s fragility, many Texans treasure the fruit for its sweet flavor and custard-like texture. The fruit trees also produce flowering, fragrant blooms that can attract pollinators.
According to Mercer arborist Laura Carlton, the trees grown from grafted material produce earlier than trees grown from seedlings. Some of the grafted fruit trees could produce fruit within three years while some of the grafted pecan trees could produce nuts within five years, she said. On average, pecan trees grown from seedlings produce nuts in 15 and 20 years while fruit trees produce fruit in 3 to 10 years.
“There are pros and cons to both seedlings and grafted trees,” said Carlton. “While the grafted trees are more efficient, they require higher maintenance and are less likely to become established. Matching site and application to this project is one of my goals for the public to enjoy.”
Twelve years ago, a grassroots group of residents sat down with a Houston developer to discuss the fate of a major greenbelt in suburban northwest Harris County.
Back in the late 1960s, 11-year-old Barbara Conley ran through the woods along Spring Creek barefoot in search of blackberries. She and her family ambled along the banks hunting for Native American arrowheads. As teenagers, she and her friends walked across a tree that had fallen in the creek to picnic on a nearby sandy bar. In the evenings, her family dined on perch and other fish caught on the trotlines Conley tended to each day.
Though Conley lived along Spring Creek almost 50 years ago, not a whole lot has changed.
Bayou Preservation Association (BPA) members like to remember Terry Hershey with a story.
Make your St. Patrick’s Day a little greener by heading to Mercer Botanic Garden’s annual March Mart Plant Sale Friday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of fishing, archery, pontoon boat tours, and cart rides along the Spring Creek Greenway Wednesday, March 29 at 9 a.m.
A property that was once an unauthorized tire dumpsite off East Hardy Road in Spring is now part of the Spring Creek Greenway.
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