Area spruces up

Homeowners aren't the only ones sprucing up things for Masters Week visitors. City and county workers have been busy getting ready, too.

Some plan to get in finishing touches along some of the area's downtown thoroughfares today.

"We should be in high gear," said Sam Smith, of Richmond County's landscaping division.

Mr. Smith said workers are mulching along downtown streets.

He said his department also has been working at the Augusta Common in preparation for Monday's Mayor's Masters Reception.

"We're throwing pine straw and mulch as fast as we can," he said.

Work also has been occurring along some downtown streets in Aiken.

"We're mowing, trying to keep everything looking good," said Tom Rapp, the city's horticulturist. He said the city also has been making a concerted effort to control litter.

Columbia County is also beautifying some of its main corridors, including Washington, Belair and Furys Ferry roads. Barry Smith, the county's community and leisure services director, said workers are putting down fresh pine straw and making sure litter is picked up.

Reach Preston Sparks at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.