Caltrans crews have been working since last summer on landscaping the eastbound 60 Freeway on the border of East Los Angeles and Monterey Park near the Atlantic Boulevard entrance and exit ramps. It’s one of the busiest gateways into East Los Angeles, and resident C.J. Salgado, a weekend gardener, was interested in finding out what has been planted in what now resembles a dust bowl. Here is what he found out:
This landscaping project includes, in part, planting of 9 Tuskegee Crape Myrtle trees, which are “allergy free”; 9 New Zealand Flax plants, which can tolerate dry conditions; 20 California Sycamore trees, which can grow to 100 feet tall; 30 Boston Ivy vines, which are low maintenance ground cover; 218 Red Meidiland Rose shrubs, which have beautiful crimson blooms year round; and 1440 ice plants, which offer erosion protection.
No landscaping project is complete with out some “hardscaping,” and irrigation, too. Here, over 130 square yards of rock blanket are being installed as well. Oh, and if you’re wondering what that big, concrete structure is that has been built on the site, it is for storm water treatment. Maybe the Boston Ivy can work its wonder on this structure? To keep these new plants healthy, a new irrigation system is being installed, mostly shrub sprayers and bubblers.
The project, which was funded by Los Angeles County, should be completed early this year. “The plants need time to establish themselves in their new home,” said Salgado. “With luck, we can enjoy the sight of a little, forest-like oasis in the concrete jungle.”