Celebrating Arbor Day early

The Rainsville City Council set the city’s Arbor Day celebration for Feb. 7 at the Rainsville City Park. Tree City USA Board Chairperson Kayron Guffey said they’re planning on planting the trees after lunch, weather permitting.

Rainsville passed a resolution adopting Tree City standard a few years ago. This marks Rainsville’s sixth year as a Tree City with The Tree City Board who is in charge of the Arbor Day activities.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. To achieve Tree City USA status as Rainsville has a city is required to meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management.

This year, the city council approved $750 towards new trees to reach that goal.

“This year we won’t be handing out trees like we have in past years,” Guffey said. “We are planning on replacing trees that have been lost in the park.”

According to Guffey, in the recent year, the Rainsville City Park has lost three trees which they are hoping to replace this year.

“That’s what we are planning to do, mainly we are hoping to replace the lost trees, “Guffey said.

This year the Tree City Board purchased six bigger trees due to the higher price. The Yoshino tree and the Green Giant Arborvitae were selected for the City Park. Three of each tree were purchased for this year’s Arbor Day.

Guffey is hoping the new addition to the park will give it more shade and variety. The Green Giant tree is similar to a Christmas tree, and Yoshino blooms beautifully, she said.

“We are trying to add a pretty color to the park,” Guffey said. “Chris Goodman with Patriot Lawn and Landscape will be helping with his expertise making sure we are getting the planting right, we are planting them earlier than normal so that the trees will get the spring rain and hopefully that will help them stand a better chance in case we have a hot summer.”

For more information about The Tree City USA program visit, www.arborday.org.

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