Peachtree City celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting

Florence Hurst (with Oscar the Dachshund) and her grandchildren, Katy, Haley, and Carl Hynson; Council Member Kim Learnard; Council Member Vanessa Fleisch; Ed Jackson; Mayor Don Haddix (tree on far right). Photo/City of Peachtree City.

15-foot Shumard oak donated by local resident Ed Jackson

Peachtree City celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, Feb. 15, with a mayoral proclamation and tree planting in the median of Riley Parkway at Wisdom Road.

The site was chosen because a large, solitary oak tree had to be removed from the site in January after arborists confirmed its death, according to Betsy Tyler, city clerk and public information officer.

Council Members Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard and several residents attended the planting, including students from nearby Peachtree City Elementary School.

Mayor Don Haddix opened the ceremony with a word of thanks to Peachtree City resident Ed Jackson, owner of Blumenhaus Landscapes, who donated the 15-foot Shumard oak along with the services of his crew for the tree-planting.

The Shumard oak is one of the largest of the Southern red oaks, and will ultimately reach 80 feet in height, with a span of 60 to 70 feet. The leaves are dark green and will turn bright red or orange in late fall. The Shumard grows fairly quickly for an oak, and by the time it is 25 years old, will produce acorns that area wildlife such as squirrels, birds, deer, and turkeys will enjoy, Tyler said.

Shumard oaks are long-lived, with some specimens known to have reached 400 years or more. The new tree will be protected and nourished by mulch from the ground stump of the old oak tree it replaced, Tyler said.

moelarrycurly
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Thanks Ed Jackson

Now maybe the city could use your help getting all the dead plantings off from Hwy 74 south of 54 that were planted last year and have died. What a waste of money and an eyesore. Bet they get cut down and are never replaced.

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Haddix: Dead Plants

Those fall under the replacement guarantee. The company has been notified.

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Replacement guarantee

The same guarantee that allowed the company that did the work on Hwy 54 from Peachtree parkway east to the city border to not replace their dead plantings?

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Haddix: Guarantees

Those plantings are covered and part of what I am talking about.

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How long do they have

To replace them? When were those on 54 planted?

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Haddix: Details

I don't remember exactly. Rather than getting in the middle of questions directly email mcaspar@peachtree-city.org and ask all the questions you want. He has all the data, etc.

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Details

Seems Council and Mayor sign off on details. I can wait for the answer on here for the details.

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Haddix: Sign Off

Yes, we sign off on budgeting, then Staff executes, including answering questions like this. All per the City Charter.

My job is to keep an eye out for problems, etc. If there are any it goes to the City Manager and Staff to either deal with or answer. I did so on this issue and it being handled. As well as passing along there are still trees strapped from planting, which needs to be removed.

I understand you don't want to use your real name or email address. I respect that on the Blogs, but to the City that is a different issue.

There is no interest on my part to find out your real name or reveal it.

I will pass along a link to your question to the PIO officer.

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Moe SO

(signing off) for now. I will await the deets from the PIO. Thank you.