Founded in 1872, Arbor Day is celebrated nationally to encourage tree planting and conservation. Kaysville has been honored by The National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for six years running.
Godfrey, the guest speaker at Kaysville's commemorative event, has played an integral part in what is becoming Kaysville's tree legacy.
As part of a tree improvement project, Godfrey helped to plant more than 5,000 trees on Kaysville's tree farm between 1993 and 2001.
The trees planted by Godfrey have, over the years, been given to many of the residents of Kaysville free of charge or planted along the city's historic streets where they are still enjoyed.
"If you look around the city, you will see a lot of the red buds are showing up in their splendor," said Godfrey.
"We need to think of trees as an investment," Godfrey said as he shared his passion and extensive knowledge of trees with the attendees. "We need to provide maintenance and take care of these plants. It is like putting money in the bank."
When planting trees, Godfrey offers the following advice:
- Pick the right tree for the right spot.
- Start with a healthy plant.
- Buy smaller trees.
- Look for signs of stress. - Evaluate the root system.
- Plant at the right time. - Dig a large enough hole. - Remove all plastic from the tree.
- Plant the tree high to keep drainage away from the trunk.
-Handle the tree by the root ball, not the trunk.
Residents interested in more information can obtain the pamphlet, "Kaysville's Trees," available at city hall.
Saturday's event was organized by Andrew Clark, of Troop 518, as an Eagle Scout project. Clark, with the help of about 13 other individuals, also planted 20 trees near Kaysville's operations building.