Thomaston Tree Board discusses the process of planting a memorial tree | Government

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The memorial tree planting process and downtown landscaping continue to be hot topics for the Thomaston Tree Board.

President Jane Burdette said, “We think we need an application or follow-up process. We really need to know which trees we planted in honor of whom. We can get it going and get it done before the next planting season.

Economic Development Coordinator Taylor Smith said he wanted the memorial plantings to be a day celebrated in Thomaston.

“We can do an annual event, and [the public works department] can take applications all year round, then we might have a planting day,” Smith commented. “We would like to see some type of list, five or seven trees, that the person could choose from, trees that would perpetuate the historical integrity of our community. A fixed day that may be Arbor Day tree plantings in Thomaston.

Public Works Director Kyle McGee said it’s not just the trees that are needed for parks in Thomaston. “At this point we have places where we need benches. We could do five to 10 benches at Lakeside alone. We have a dog park that will need benches behind Silvertown Ballpark.

Council asked McGee about the feasibility of adding additional hanging baskets downtown. McGee replied, “Right now the city is providing eight baskets and the plants. A garden club does the planting for us, but we buy everything.

McGee said there are currently two plantings per year for baskets and these are not budgeted for. He said he would like to have more help from the garden clubs with the baskets in the future.

McGee added that several lampposts need to be cleaned and the crape myrtles that are near the baskets need to be pruned. When Smith asked for a schedule for the cut, McGee said, “I don’t have a schedule for it. We’ll get to it when we can. He added that the crepe myrtles around the hanging baskets of lampposts will be a priority for the public works department in the future.

With the Connected Resilient Communities designation from the University of Georgia, Smith said the city would look to UGA for recommendations on what to do about crape myrtles in the future and took advantage of opportunity to submit a brief tree publication to the UGA Extension Office tree board titled “Crape Myrtle Culture”. The pdf can be found by searching for “crape myrtle” on the extension.uga.edu Web page.

Burdette commented, “We just have to make sure we’re doing something that’s immediately visible. This will help get people more supportive of future projects. »

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