Proclaimed in December
1890, Georgia’s Arbor Day encourages people to plant trees in
order to help clean the air and water, provide beauty to
neighborhoods and give wildlife new homes.
On Friday, February 15 at
8:30 a.m. The Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District
is partnering with the Henry County Master Gardeners to hold the
District’s Annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. They will be giving
away trees at the following four locations until they are all
The Aubrey Harvey
Agriculture Building, 333 Phillips Dr., McDonough, Heritage
Park, 97 Lake Dow Rd., McDonough, The Locust Grove Municipal
Building, 3644 Hwy 42 S., Locust Grove, Stockbridge City Hall,
4640 N. Henry Blvd, Stockbridge.
The three tree species
they will be giving away are: Catalpa, Redbud and River Burch.
These seedling trees
should be planted as soon as possible in well-drained soil in
full sunlight. Keep seedlings moist and cool until planted.
Planting holes should be 8-12 inches in diameter and should be
at least 8-12 inches deep. Pull loose soil back over the roots,
filling the hole half way. Tamp down soil lightly, then
backfill the rest of the area around the hole and water. Do not
compact the soil by tamping down the wet soil. Water each
seedling with one to two gallons at planting time and check soil
moisture periodically to be sure it has not dried out.
Fertilizer use on new seedlings is not recommended and neither
is placing manure or nitrogen based fertilizer in the planting
hole. Wood chips, pine straw, pine bark, cypress bark, composted
sawdust, gravel and composted leaves will protect your tree from
the outside elements when applied 3-5 inches deep around the
tree, but not touching the seedling.