Missouri Group ‘Re-Tree Tecumseh’ Announces Next Planting Event

A drone shot of young trees at a planting site in Madagascar

On Saturday, June 27, Re-Tree Tecumseh (RTT) is calling for volunteers to help plant trees. Local news outlet WLEN News reported that the group will meet at AJ Smith Recreation Center, 810 N. Evans Street, at 9:00 a.m., and the event is scheduled to end at 12:00 p.m.

Because of concerns over COVID-19, the spring planting schedule had been on hold until local stay-at-home orders were rescinded. Volunteers are asked to wear masks and social distancing will be ensured, but no prior experience or special equipment is required.

The group aims to plant 20 flowering trees.

Experts will demonstrate how to properly plant and mulch the new tree, making this a great outing for the family.

Jim Karle of Karle Landscaping (Tipton, MI) has agreed to donate his time and planting equipment, in order to dig the holes. Rich Hoadley of R & W Tree Nursery (Morenci, MI) has donated the flowering trees at a reduced rate.

According to organizers, the event will happen regardless of weather. Volunteers are asked to wear sensible attire good for outdoor work, such as closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes. Also, bringing garden gloves or rakes is suggested, if you have them.

The group’s website explained that all ages, from middle school and up are invited to participate. Water and light refreshments will also be provided.

WLEN reported, “Re-Tree Tecumseh is a grassroots organization, founded in 2018, whose mission is to establish and fund an ongoing tree-planting program on public property in the City of Tecumseh. RTT planted 31 young trees in 2019 and hopes to plant a total of 75 in 2020. Learn more at www.retreetecumseh.org.”

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