LAURINBURG — The city is being beautified with one crepe myrtle tree at a time.
The Laurinburg Beautification Department plans to plant the trees all over Laurinburg to improve the city’s aesthetic, according to officials.
On Wednesday, city workers planted about 120 trees along a half-mile stretch of North Main Street.
“We planted the trees 20-feet apart all the way from the railroad tracks to the gas station on North Main Street,” said Community Development Director Teddy Warner. “It’s a beautification project that we applied for and we’ve been planning this for months, but we had to wait until the season was good for planting.”
The department received $4,000 grant for the tree planting project through ElectriCities Economic Development program, also known as Smart Communities. It provides funding for economic developmental projects that can attract and retain commercial and industrial customers. The project also encourages the public to take part.
“This is a good way to get involved in the community,” Warner said. “Whether it’s cutting grass, planting trees, watering flowers, or picking up litter, everything helps.”
The trees will be planted throughout the city over the next three weeks.
“We were planning to do this on Monday, but the weather has to be right to plant trees,” said Planning Supervisor Rodney Byrd. “For the planting conditions, crepe myrtle trees are the ones that will best survive in the harsh environment down here.”
The trees were chosen specifically because they do well in urban landscapes and the area is already a home to many other crepe myrtle trees.
“We bought these trees along with the Tree Giveaway Program,” Byrd said. “We have $4,000 worth of ride-away trees that we’re planting throughout the city, but the majority of them are going down here.”
The trees will be planted in areas that would look best. The rest are given to community members through the Tree Giveaway Program. This program allows Laurinburg residents to request two trees and members of the Beautification Department to plant them.
“If the community can be aware of what we’re doing and give us feedback for ideas in the future would help,” Warner said. “We’re working with limited funds and we want to make as much of a difference as we possibly can.”
For information, call Laurinburg’s Beautification Department at 910-276-8257.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.