“Trees mean a lot of things,” said Bryan Haltermann, the chairman of Trees for Augusta. “We appreciate the aesthetics and the environmental benefits of trees, but more than anything, trees knit neighborhoods together.
Trees for Augusta, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, was formed by volunteers in April 2009. Since then it has planted more than 100 trees.
The organization operates on donations and through events such as its Tree Walk.
The volunteers took an interest in Battle Row after noticing the area’s lack of street planting. The road, which runs from Summerville to Harrisburg, also sees a lot of traffic.
The 20 Ginkgo trees were planted in early March. After further inspection, Haltermann said, the group decided to purchase another 10 trees. Planting should begin this week.
Lakesha Clark, who lives along Battle Row, said she was happy to see the new look.
“It was a good idea,” she said. “We needed some trees.”
Clark said the area looked plain before.
Since planting, Haltermann said he’s noticed more residents taking pride in their own yards.
Haltermann said neighborhoods without street trees are not as inviting to new residents.
“Places that have a wonderful planting of trees see the opposite,” he said.
The Ginkgos, which mature to about 80 feet tall and 60 feet wide and can live more than 100 years, have a history in Augusta. One noteworthy Ginkgo has long stood in front of the Old Government House downtown.
The group has already planted Ginkgos along Henry Street and Fleming Avenue. In the next year they hope to add more trees to Milledge and Cumming roads to create a “continuous connection” of newly planted trees.
The trees, which were professionally planted, will be monitored and watered by contractors throughout the first year.