The El Cajon trailhead on Arroyo Cajon recently received a refreshing update! City staff cleaned and installed metal edging to provide a clear definition of the natural pathway. The small slope along the edge that struggled to thrive was cleared, and new efficient drip irrigation was installed. The new plant palette consists of variegated Dianella to provide some texture and movement, while the African daisy along the base of the slope brings a cheerful splash of color to the entrance of the trail. Both plant choices are climate-adapted and can thrive in lower water situations once established.
Also new to the trailhead are eight freshly planted trees: the Arbutus trees and Crape Myrtles are a favorite of many pollinators, and the Oak trees will provide a shady canopy at maturity. The selected tree species are also low water and have proven to thrive in this area once they are established. Many nearby residents are already enjoying the new changes and are looking forward to more trees being planted along the other trailheads in the surrounding area.