BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
Two Davis County cities are looking to make spring just a little greener this year.
Both North Salt Lake and Kaysville will celebrate National Arbor Day on April 27 with tree-planting events. The cities will supply the trees, and residents are encouraged to come plant.
“We want to encourage people to come out and help,” said North Salt Lake Parks Director T.J. Riley. “It’s a chance to be educated about trees.”
The North Salt Lake event, which starts at 9 a.m. at 378 E. Odell Lane, will start with a pruning demonstration by a representative from Tri City Nursery. Though incorrect pruning can stunt a tree’s growth, correct pruning can actually increase growth and improve a tree’s overall health.
Afterward, attendees will plant ‘cotton-free’ cottonwood trees at Hatch Park. Refreshments will be provided, and residents are asked to bring shovels and rakes.
“They’re hybrids,” said Riley of the cottonwood trees. “We have others at the park, and they’ve done really well.”
In Kaysville, residents will help re-plant the park strip of evergreen trees at 250 S. Main Street. According to Kaysville Parks Director Cole Stephens, the majority of the trees that went down in the December 2011 windstorm were located on the park strip.
“I remember well my mother organizing the tree planting,” said Gibbs Smith. His mother, Iola, was responsible for the first major planting of the strip in 1954. “Her goal was to make a beautiful entrance into Kaysville.”
Landscape designer Debra Shepard will help coordinate the replant, and her son Ian is handling the design for his Eagle Scout project. Smith’s company, Gibbs Smith Publishing, will donate a sign that reads “Iola Smith Memorial Parkway.”
Both North Salt Lake and Kaysville have held Arbor Day celebrations for the last several years, planting trees in various locations throughout the cities.
“About 20-30 people come help,” said Riley. “The trees usually turn out really good.”