New Broad Street trees replace casualties of February's ice storm

Monday, May 12, 2014 4:36 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:20 AM
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Broad Street tree casualties of February’s ice storm have been replaced by new Chinese elms using special purpose local option sales tax revenue.

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A tree lays on the sidewalk near Mellow Mushroom on Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia. Volunteer group Trees for Augusta replaced Broad Street trees lost during February's ice storm with new ones.   TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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A tree lays on the sidewalk near Mellow Mushroom on Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia. Volunteer group Trees for Augusta replaced Broad Street trees lost during February's ice storm with new ones.

Augusta’s Downtown Development Authority authorized spending $4,000 in March to replace eight trees between the 800 and 1200 blocks of Broad Street, said the authority’s director, Margaret Woodard.

“We lost the trees, and we saw the heavy damage to the sidewalks,” Woodard said. “There were a couple of blocks that were hit really bad.”

The devastating ice storm that shut down Augusta for several days toppled large trees and ripped up Broad Street sidewalks, which have since been fixed. Stumps from the old trees were ground before planting new ones.

The Downtown Development Authority asked nonprofit city beautification group Trees for Augusta to plant the new trees, measuring 15 to 20 feet tall.

“They match trees that were planted downtown in the 1980s,” said the group’s chairman, Bryan Haltermann.

Haltermann’s group, which was formed by volunteers in 2009 and depends on private donations to plant trees across Augusta, recently planted six willow oaks on Greene Street near the old Augusta public library, which is being converted to offices for the city’s utilities department.

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yesiwill
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yesiwill 05/12/14 - 05:06 pm
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Take care of them

Hopefully someone is in charge of watering the new trees.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 05/12/14 - 06:29 pm
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Hopefully someone researched the "proper" trees. NOT. LOL
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Hopefully someone researched the "proper" trees. NOT. LOL

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/12/14 - 08:51 pm
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SPLOST

It is the new way to spell SLUSH.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/12/14 - 09:18 pm
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You have it so right - yesiwill

Take care of them - I have been preaching that for years and sincerely hope that it has sunk in!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/12/14 - 10:49 pm
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$500 a tree

seems a little high to me.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 05/13/14 - 01:09 am
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Wow! $500.00 a tree. Would

Wow! $500.00 a tree. Would you pay that for a tree to put in your yard? I would not! I sure hope insurance paid for them.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 05/13/14 - 05:35 am
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Great Idea
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Plant trees in pot hole on most of the streets in Augusta.

yesiwill
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yesiwill 05/13/14 - 09:26 am
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Right amount

$500 for each tree and tree planting. That is not too expensive since these are mature trees. Well done!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 09:49 am
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That's about right, for a

That's about right, for a mature tree that had to have significant excavation to plant.

Those aren't like the kind you get at Lowe's.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/13/14 - 11:00 am
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Trees on Broad Street

Yes - only 500 dollar per tree - the cypresses they planted at the Airport years ago cost 600 dollars per tree and then they slowly died. Hence my continuous 'preaching' - same as trees along pond on Gordon Hiway. Hope the newly planted ones further out on Gordon Hiway get the proper care.
Maybe if I pound it into the department responsible for the trees long enough it will finally catch one - makes about the second generation now.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 11:50 am
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The problem is that new

The problem is that new planting of anything has to be watered every day, and sometimes twice a day when it's really hot. As in, most of the summer in Augusta.

I question the wisdom of planting trees in MAY, instead of the fall, but that's just me.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 11:51 am
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Does the DDA KNOW that

Does the DDA KNOW that planting trees in May in Augusta GA is not a good idea?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/13/14 - 01:04 pm
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Money

It's not the DDA's money, Corgimom. Therefore, they don't care if the trees die.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/13/14 - 11:42 pm
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The labor was free

I still say it's high...and why the need for grown trees?

LuvMyTown
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LuvMyTown 05/15/14 - 03:44 pm
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Trees look fabulous!

Thank you DDA.

More please!

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