Benicia's Arbor Day 2020 a Success

October 25, 2020

Volunteers Transform Francesca Terrace Park

Twenty volunteers arrived on a cool morning yesterday at Benicia's Francesca Terrace Park to help the City celebrate Arbor Day.  The event was originally planned for last April, but was rescheduled by the event sponsors, City of Benicia and the Benicia Tree Foundation, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

The morning began with Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown and Benicia City Council member Steve Young welcoming the participants.  This was followed by a tree planting demonstration by City Arborist Marco Jaime.  Marco pointed to stumps in the park that were examples of problem trees, and explained why the trees being planted now were the right trees for this space. 

The volunteers planted ten toyons, their botanical name is Heteromeles arbutifolia.  This small, multi-stemmed, broadleaved and evergreen tree is native to Solano County.  They will form a row of trees to help screen the adjacent properties from the park, while staying below the overhead powerlines without pruning, and will not require watering after a two- to three-year establishment period.

The biggest task turned out to be mulching the trees.  The City had its contractor, A-Plus Tree Service, deliver mulch to the site to spread under the new trees.  The mulch consisted of wood chips from trees removed elsewhere in Benicia.  Mulch keeps tree roots cool, reduces weed growth and helps the soil retain moisture.  The contractor delivered over 20 cubic yards of mulch, much more than was needed.  The volunteers were undaunted, completing the work before the scheduled end of the event at noon.

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Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown (center) welcomes

the Arbor Day 2020 volunteers to Francesca Terrace Park.


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City Arborist, Marco Jaime, demonstrates how to select the right tree for the right place and proper tree planting technique.


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Volunteers plant a toyon tree, which has the botanical name of 'Heteromeles arbutifolia' and is native to Solano County.


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Volunteers move mulch from one of six piles delivered for the Arbor Day event.

 

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More mulch!


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All trees were planted and all mulch was spread before noon.

 

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Benicia youth were well represented among the volunteers.

 

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Volunteers gather for a socially-distanced group photo behind a Benicia Tree Foundation banner.