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Roughly 90 Volunteers Help Weed Klode for the 4th of July

Community organizations rallied around the effort to beautify Klode Park in a natural way before the big Fourth of July celebration coming up Wednesday.

Pulling weeds is not the most exciting way to spend a Saturday morning, but for about 90 Whitefish Bay residents, the Klode Park Weed Out event was time and energy well spent.

Whitefish Bay Garden Club President Nancy Sturino organized the event, calling on organizations from across the village – everyone from scouts to schools to the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation – to help beautify the park in a natural way before the coming up Wednesday.

Sturino said the effort shows the community will step up to the plate to eliminate weeds in public parks without the use of pesticides.

"People are excited about the experiment to keep pesticides out of Klode, so they were willing to take a Saturday morning and help out," Sturino said.

The grass in the lawn area of the park was too dry to weed, so volunteers mainly focused on shrub beds, flower beds and other mulched areas.

After the Weed Out, the volunteers relaxed with watermelon and water on the picnic benches. Participants were entered into a drawing to win a wide assortment of prizes donated by businesses on Silver Spring Drive.

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Laura Nankin July 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
MANY MANY MANY MANY THANKS to Nancy Sturino, President of the WFB Garden Club,on and all the others who organized this event and showed up to help. We got a lot done in a short amount of time, with many hands to help. This is just one more example of why our Village is such an awesome place to live, work, and play
Absolutelyfabulous July 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
L.N.- Do you have almost an acre to take care of? I stopped using Chemlawn 2 seasons ago. I aerate as well as dethatch my lawn. It's amazing the weeds I come across and how they continue to proliferate. My lawn is a far cry from what it used to be. I'm not against natural lawn care by any means but I wonder how "effective" your annual weed out at Klode will be. One has to get down beneath the surface to pull out the roots and especially w/ these drought like conditions and the ground in Klode most likely being rock hard, I wonder how truly effective and long lasting this weed out was except for a good show for the July 4th weekend. Then again, this may be the beginning of a series of weedouts scheduled for Klode throughout the summer and you just need to keep people not only on board but willing to come out and get their hands dirty on a regular basis vs the one time feel good day in the park. Then again, there are natural lawn care services out there, though the expense is definitely a consideration and I believe WFB has tried that route.
Kevin Buckley July 02, 2012 at 01:19 PM
We arrived half way through the weed out (after a t-ball game) and the event was already wrapping up, as all the areas were assigned and nearly completed. Not sure it matters how many people were there: The job got done. It should be noted, to set expectations .. the lawn was NOT weeded. The ground was far too dry and hard for that to happen. The focus was on the many beds and path areas with/without mulch. Kudos.
Bob McBride July 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thanks for mentioning the lawn portion of it, Kevin. One could be led to believe that Klode is essentially weed-free for the time being for all practical purposes w/o that bit of information.
Jeff Rumage July 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
That's probably useful to add to the story, actually. For those that haven't visited Klode in a while, the grass is quite dry, so tearing out the weeds on the lawn likely would have left patches of dirt.

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