Every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Morro Bay in Bloom volunteers spring into action. They meet at different locations each week, and work together to beautify Morro Bay. When they landscape and tidy public spaces, they follow bay-friendly practices like planting drought-tolerant plants, avoiding the use of herbicides, and removing invasives.
We are happy that Morro Bay in Bloom has dedicated three of their regularly scheduled cleanups this summer and fall to our Give a Day for the Bay campaign. This past weekend, the “Bloomies” (as they sometimes call themselves) met at the top of the stairway in Centennial Parkway, above the giant chessboard.
A row of colorful clippers, bags of different-sized gloves, stacks of buckets, and piles of other helpful tools sat waiting. As volunteers arrived, they greeted each other, donned their gloves, and cheerfully got to work.
Volunteers started the morning working on a beautiful bed of succulents that they planted a year ago. Many of these drought-tolerant plants started out as small transplanted cuttings from the volunteers’ gardens. They say it’s wonderful to see how they’ve grown.
The volunteers cut back some of the plants that had grown too large, pulled weeds, and picked trash out of the beds.
Next, a group of volunteers started working to remove an invasive plant from the hillside next to the stairway. Taking these plants out by hand reduces the need for the use of herbicides, which helps keep the estuary clean and free of chemicals.
Other volunteers worked their way down the stairs, through the park, and all the way to the water’s edge, hauling buckets of yard waste, clippers, and other tools all the way.
This Give a Day for the Bay cleanup was a great success. The volunteers kept trash and herbicides from entering the bay, nurtured drought-tolerant plants, removed invasive plants, and had fun while doing it. We thank Morro Bay in Bloom for working hard to keep our town and bay clean, healthy, and beautiful.
If you’d like to participate in Give a Day for the Bay, there is still time! Four great, bay-friendly events remain: