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Friday, May 3, 2013

Got Shade? Get a Free Street Tree

Friday, May 3, 2013

Need some shade?  We got you covered.
Santee residents can learn how to qualify for a free street tree during a 1-hour workshop at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, 9310 Fanita Parkway.

Workshop participants will learn how to qualify for a free tree in the parkway in front of their home, a benefit offered by the Santee Neighborhood Tree Planting Program. 

Shade trees reduce the need for air conditioning, reduce greenhouse gases and increase property values.
“The benefits of a shady tree in your parkway far exceed the average $10 annual cost to water it, ” said Annette Saul, Santee’s  parks and landscape supervisor.  “Summer is right around the corner and we can all benefit from more shade and energy savings.”

Under the program,  the city will plant a shade tree in parkway between the sidewalk and the street and trim and maintain the tree over its lifespan. To qualify, a homeowner must sign an agreement promising to water the tree. Several species of trees are available, including those that are deciduous as well as evergreens.
“There are an estimated 700 vacant parkway sites in Santee where shade trees could be planted, so it would be great to get more trees in the ground to help the city become more sustainable and beautiful,” Saul said.

Saturday’s workshop is part of the Green Day at the Lakes event, which includes tree planting and activities for children from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
To RSVP for the workshop, contact Cfrazier@padre.org or call (619) 258-4792.

For more details on the Neighborhood Tree Planting Program, contact Annette Saut at (619) 258-4195 ext. 101 or asaul@ci.santee.ca.us

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