By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald
The public right of way area surrounding the Penn Central Mall will be bathed in shade in a few years as the Oskaloosa Trees Forever chapter planted a variety of saplings Saturday morning.
“We’ll plant 30 trees in the public right of way around the city parking lot,” Trees Forever Chairman Craig Coen said. “We’re going to plant a variety.”
The group of 10 volunteers planted red oak, linden, white pine, crabapple, oak and river birch trees, he said.
“It’s important to do a variety,” Coen said. “One variety might get attacked by disease.”
Coen also encouraged homeowners to plant a variety of trees if they want to spruce up their landscape.
The Trees Forever work crews used an auger, and shovels to dig holes and then place some fertilizer and the tree in the hole. They covered the base of the saplings with a layer of mulch to help retain water.
It took the volunteers roughly about two hours to plant the trees.
The Oskaloosa Trees Forever chapter is coordinating the tree planting with Arbor Day. Chapter members have been active in recent events to promote tree planting.
They participated in the recent E-Cycling event in the Mahaska Communications Group parking lot. While people dropped off their old electronics, they could also pick up a sapling from Trees Forever to take home and plant. Chapter members also gave away saplings to Oskaloosa Elementary students the day before the E-Cycling event.
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