KMB and Georgia Forestry Commission Team Up for Tree Planting

Along with tree care talk and Tree Seedling Giveaway

Feb. 28 at Columbus Square in Darien

Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day and Darien’s Tree City USA status

Need to replace some trees lost to our severe storms last Fall?  Or have a place in your yard or neighborhood to add a valuable shade or flowering tree?

Keep McIntosh Beautiful in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission is giving away Red Bud, Red Maple and Swamp Chestnut Oak seedlings at a program at Columbus Square in Darien on Tuesday, Feb. 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m.  

Mark McClellan, community forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission and a certified arborist based in Darien, will talk about tree care and maintenance for our coastal environment and soils, and demonstrate proper tree planting.  Three replacement trees will be planted at the historic city square, which has lost several large trees over the past year and half.

The event celebrates Georgia Arbor Day and Darien’s designation as a Tree City.   There will be light refreshments and all are welcome to take part.

The free trees are 3 ft. seedlings grown and donated by the Georgia Forestry Commission and are well suited to planting in our coastal environment.  Read more about each variety at http://www.gatrees.org/reforestation/ordering-information/2016-2017%20Seedling%20Brochure.pdf   In addition to providing shade and beauty, these varieties also support the food and reproductive needs of  birds, pollinators and wildlife in our area.  50 of each tree variety will be given away.

Talk with your friends and neighbors today about planting trees in your neighborhood, at your church or on other properties.  Trees will be distributed to individuals on a first come, first serve basis on February 28 and afterward by calling Julie at 912-289-1083.

The first Georgia Arbor Day was proclaimed by the Georgia General Assembly in December, 1890.  In 1941, the General Assembly set the third Friday in February as the day of our state Arbor Day.  While National Arbor Day is the third Friday in April, it is too warm at that time of the year to plant trees in Georgia.  Trees should be planted between November and mid-March so they will have a better chance of becoming established before the onset of summer heat.  More at http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/public-programs/georgia-arbor-day/

Tree City USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation.  Darien was named to this status three years ago by meeting core standards of sound urban forestry management.  Learn more at https://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/about.cfm

 

RESOURCES: 

  • RED BUD

 https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_ceca4.pdf

Eastern-Redbud-Tree-RED MAPLE 

https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/treedetail.cfm?itemID=867red-maple

  • SWAMP CHESTNUT OAK

https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_qumi.pdf

Swamp Chestnut Oak