Volunteers asked to help plant native plants in Lafayette

Posted at 7:14 AM, Jan 15, 2021

This Saturday gardeners and plant lovers will have a chance to help improve a local Lafayette park by helping plant some native trees, flowers, and grass.

The project, which is a collaboration between The Urban Naturalist, Trees of Acadiana, Acadiana Native Plants Project, The Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association, and UL, is a chance to help get some beneficial plants into the park.

Species will range from trees down to native grasses and all of them will do more than just add a little bit of scenery.

Many of the plants will be going in along the fence lining the coulee which will help not only with drainage but also prevent erosion from water rushing into the coulee.

Planting deep rooted plants near the coulee serve a couple purposes the first of which is to slow down erosion by slowing down the flow of water into the drain.

The other is as the roots grow deeper they allow for more water to penetrate deeper into the soil, and more water gets sucked up by the roots which in turn helps prevent flooding.

All of the plants going in are native species which will attract in new life to the park in the form of insects which in turn will bring in some native birds to be enjoyed from the park.

If you're interested in volunteering the planting will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16th at Oaklawn Park in Lafayette.

Volunteers are asked to bring masks, shovels, gloves, and water.

If you'd like to help but can't physically get out there donations are being excepted at

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