Ground has broken! If you drive down Moross Road towards I-94, you can see much has been accomplished this fall.
Starting several weeks ago, Backer Landscaping laid out the gardens, creating the new beds in the islands of Moross Road from Mack Avenue to I-94. The existing soil was supplemented and a temporary water efficient drip irrigation system was installed. Once the plantings are established, approximately 3-5 years, it will be turned off.
The key goal for the design was to plant low maintenance plants able to become established and thrive in the harsh environment that is Moross Road. In addition to perennial grasses Miscanthus and Pennisetum planted this month, there are wonderful varieties of trees and shrubs that have also been planted:
7 Clethra, 11 Deutzia, 41 Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, 15 Viburnum ‘Carlesii’, 10 Viburnum Doublefile, 27 Aronia, 27 Red Twig Dogwood, 9 Fothergilla, 22 Witch Hazel, 49 Hydrangea Oakleaf, 50 Juniper ‘Broadmoor’, 15 Kerria, 41 Gro-Lo Sumac, 74 Knock Out Roses, 12 Spirea ‘Shirobana and 40 Hakuro Nishiki Dappled Willow
There is variety of size and color, spring blooms and fall colors, and striking winter interest represented. There is even one of my favorites, the February blooming Witch Hazel. And the project isn’t done yet. Come this spring will be perennials in addition to the perennial grasses planted this fall.
The Moross Greenway Project was formed over five years ago with the goal of raising $535,000 to beautify this major entryway to the Eastside. For more information or to donate, visit their website. For more details about this fall's progress, read this article from the Detroit Free Press.