The Jones Street Demonstration Project, the first project of the not-for-profit Trees for Augusta, Inc. was completed this February, 2010. This street tree-planting project is a model for additional projects that the organization hopes to complete in the future.
The project consisted of planting 10 ‘Sarah’s White’ Crape Myrtles and 7 Chinese Pistache trees on the 1200 block of Jones Street. The project helps extends the planting of Chinese Pistache trees that were installed by the City of Augusta in the early 1980’s near the intersection of 13th Street. It is also a continuation of a herring-bone planting of Crape Myrtles that were planted in the 1990’s at the Historic Springfield Park.
Trees for Augusta, Inc. desired a highly visible site for its first project and chose the partially-planted 1200 block of Jones Street for its first project.
Two bright yellow signs were placed near the 17 new trees on Jones Street using the organization’s name, web site, and the term ‘Urban Forest’.
Funding for the project – about $7800 – came from donations originating from: the Sand Hills Garden Club, the local chapter of The Garden Club of America and from Board Members of Trees for Augusta, Inc..
The trees used for the project came from Moon Tree Farm of Loganville, GA and Bold Springs Nursery of Loganville, GA. After underground utilities were marked, Barrett Tree Company of Augusta installed the trees. Soil conditions included many abandoned bricks and water meters. An underground gas line ran through the site and was uncovered, but not damaged. The holes were hand-dug to reflect the exact shape of the root balls.
Trees for Augusta, Inc. is a totally volunteer organization which invites all local tree enthusiasts to participate in order to improve the appearance and livability of local streets and neighborhoods. The Jones Street Demonstration Project is a first step in replanting Augusta, one tree at a time and one street at a time.