On Saturday, October 23, the Youth Leadership Team planted 36 Comptonia (aka Sweetfern) at Mother’s Rest in the Back Bay Fens. At one time, invasive Japanese Knotweed covered the hill at Mother’s Rest. The Conservancy has successfully managed to remove most knotweed from the slope. Without knotweed roots holding soil in place, there is a greater risk of soil erosion.
There are trifold benefits of planting native plants at Mother’s Rest in the areas formerly occupied by Knotweed:
- Less space available for Knotweed to return
- Plant roots hold soil in place, thereby reducing erosion
- Native plants are aesthetically beautiful!
Mother’s Rest after the Comptonia planting