By The Associated Press
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — It started out as a few trees planted as part of an Eagle Scout project in 2009.
Now Oxford’s tree farm has 150 growing trees, from crape myrtles to maple trees to several varieties of evergreens.
Eagle Scout Rustin Rasberry planted the first 100 saplings as part of his project.
“They did a great job. He and his team brought in all the materials and got the irrigation system going,” city building and grounds official Billy Lamb tells the Oxford Eagle.
The city is saving money by growing its own trees and flowers for landscaping city property, instead of having to go out and buy them.
“We still buy some things,” Lamb said. “But we can buy them when they’re real small at the end of the year and we can get super deals on them.”
The saplings are then placed in the city’s growing area, similar to a greenhouse, where they are shielded from the winter weather.
“It gives them a better start,” Lamb said. “And it can save the city a good bit of money,”
The city later added flowers, all perennials.
“We change the flowers out each season in the boxes around the Square,” Lamb said.
Lamb said his department will soon be receiving tree removal equipment that will allow the city to safely remove a fully grown tree intact and place it back into the ground.
“That will help us grow and harvest bigger trees,” he said. “We’re really excited about that.”
Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com