Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 25, 2013

Free trees to be given away


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CROSSVILLE — The Crossville Tree Board is celebrating Tennessee's 2013 Arbor Day on March 1, marking the tree-planting season in the Volunteer State.

Assisted by Cumberland County Master Gardeners, the Tree Board members will be on hand to give tree-planting tips for the more than 1,600 trees they will distribute beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of York & Bilbrey at 456 N. Main Street (beside the new City Hall). City Mayor J.H. Graham III will read a proclamation announcing Crossville's Tree City USA designation, the 10th year the city has earned that designation.

Species differ each year, and this year the Tree Board has purchased 13 species to disperse:

•Shortleaf Pine

•Hybrid Chestnut

•American Hazelnut

•Persimmon

•American Plum

•Yellow Poplar

•Native Sweet Pecan

•Oak: Chinkapin, Willow, and Shumard available

•Redbud

•Baldcypress

•Red Mulberry

•Sweetgum

Later in the day, the Tree Board will plant larger trees at the Phoenix School as well as both Stone and Cumberland County high schools, with students helping to plant the trees. This has become part of the Arbor Day tradition in Crossville.

Site selection is important for tree planting depending on the species. Be sure not to plant tall growing trees under lines, or bushy trees too close to a house. Trees add value and beauty to a home's landscape and provides shade in the summer which lowers air-conditioning bills. Several species offer food to wildlife, bloom in the spring and show great fall color. The trees are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and are usually all gone before 11 a.m.