Adopt A Planting Bed: Safety Guidelines & Instructions

Posted by on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 in Announcements, News and Events

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With so many planting beds, we have restarted the St. Michael’s Adopt A Planting Bed program! This is a great opportunity for individuals and/or families to sign up for one or more beds and will allow volunteers to work according to their schedule while maintaining physical distancing requirements. The planting beds have been divided into 20 areas which volunteers can take responsibility to maintain (see above). Each planting area has been designated with a colored box surrounding the area of the grounds where it is located. All planting beds within the colored box are included in that area of responsibility. The color borders simply designate an area and do not intend to link areas of the same color. You may place your name/family’s name on the included sign-up sheet.

Visit the sign up sheet and choose from 20 planting beds. Just type your name next to the planting bed you want to adopt. The above image also appears in the sign up sheet. After you sign up, just click the link to return to this page.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  1. No organized or group activities with others outside immediate family/household
  2. Social distancing guidelines remain in place until restrictions are lifted.
  3. Use of church facilities (restrooms, kitchen, etc.) cleaning procedure:
    1. Wash hands immediately upon entering facilities and just prior to leaving.
    2. All surfaces contacted to be wiped down with sanitary wipes located throughout the facility.
  4. Only personally owned tools to be used. No sharing or tools outside of immediate family.

Weeding Instructions

  1. The planting beds including those surrounding the parking lot are on a drip line irrigation system. In most areas the drip lines are buried beneath the surface.  Please, no sharp tools should be used as they will likely damage the drip lines.  It is recommended only small hand tools, such as hand trowels be used for loosening a stubborn root.  The mulch used throughout the planting beds makes for easy hand removal of weeds.
  2. There are yard waste bins located in the trash enclosure. Should they be full, there will be a tarp located behind Bethany House where weeds can be dumped.  If rain is in the forecast please fold the loose end of the tarp over the pile of weeds.
  3. Please sweep up any dirt or debris which makes it way onto the parking lot surface, as this will prevent it from entering the parking lot drainage system.
  4. The planting beds surrounding the parking lot will be the most challenging.
  5. Recommended list of tools to bring:
    1. Hand trowels
    2. Broom and dust pan
    3. Round or rectangle cloth yard waste container. Should you not have one, there are three round 45 gallon cloth collapsible yard waste containers at the church located in the storage shed.  Contact Doug Birrell or office staff for lock combo.