COLUMBIA CITY – The days are getting shorter, the air is a little cooler and Seattle is embracing fall. Now is the perfect time to plant trees in the Pacific Northwest. Join Seattle City Light and the Columbia City community in planting 30 street trees in the heart of the Rainier Valley this weekend.
The event begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 3, and runs until noon, rain or shine. Volunteers will join Seattle City Light’s Vegetation Management staff and representatives from Columbia City’s businesses, churches and community organizations. They will meet at the Orca K-8 school athletic fields (5215 46th Ave. S.), and plant 30 trees in the neighborhood.
Everyone is welcome but volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Gloves and tools will be provided for volunteers along with coffee and refreshments.
“We are holding this event in November because fall is the best time to plant new trees in the Seattle area. Cooler, wetter weather makes it easier for the trees to build their root systems at their new home” said David Bayard, Seattle City Light arboriculturist.
Volunteers will plant redbuds, Japanese styrax and hybrid dogwoods; all of which can grow to about 25 feet. That means the trees will not pose any problems for overhead power lines as they mature.
“We’re excited to be engaging with the Columbia City community to bring these showy, low maintenance trees to the neighborhood,” Bayard said. “Trees bring so many benefits to a community – you just want to be sure to plant the right tree in the right place.”
Go here for more information and to register for the event.
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