With the summer quickly approaching and the season's warmest weather with it, many Upper Dublin residents have been heading to Mondauk Common, the township's largest park, for some exercise, games or relaxation.
However, what they might be wondering, as they approach the corner of the park located on Susquehanna and Broad, is what is with that huge brown patch amongst the rest of the green grass in the well-maintained park?
And the answer, according to township Parks and Recreation director Derek Dureka, is that it's just a temporary eyesore that will soon be taken over by a new planting initiative.
"What we're doing is killing off the cold season grasses, and planting for warm season grasses," Dureka explains. "These you only have to mow twice a year, and the grasses are no taller than 3 to 4 feet, but their roots' system is 10-12 feet deep."
Dureka further explained that warm season grasses are much better than cool season grasses (commonly known as regular "grass") at holding soil together and being more environmentally and economically friendly.
"It helps with erosion control, reestablishes bird habit, and we don't have to mow as much…that reduces township labor and emissions, and we don't have to use chemicals to stop invasive species," Dureka said.
Dureka says that the brown spot at that location is what's left after killing off the cool season grasses, and that planting of the new grasses will begin on Monday.
As an added bonus, the initiative is paid for with a grant from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, as part of a pilot program. Dureka says that Upper Dublin and Whitemarsh townships were selected amongst all of Montgomery County for the grants.
"We're also doing the same thing at Aidenn Lair Park and Aidenn Lair Woods--establishing warm season grasses and mowing the perimeter to keep things from taking over," Dureka said.