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New Trees for Duncan Graham Park on Arbor Day

Ten trees were planted and mulched by over 30 volunteers who attended the Benicia Arbor Day event at Duncan Graham Park on October 8.  This annual event was sponsored by the City of Benicia and the Benicia Tree Foundation to help maintain Benicia’s Tree City USA designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Volunteers arrived at 9 AM that Saturday morning, which began with welcoming comments from Steven Goetz, Benicia Tree Foundation board member.  Marcos Jaime, City Arborist, followed by describing some of the problems the city has experienced with the existing trees at Duncan Graham Park and why Crepe myrtle and Red maple were selected as the tree species to plant.  Jaime also explained the value of spreading mulch around the trees to reduce weed growth and help retain soil moisture.  He then demonstrated proper tree planting technique to the volunteers. 

The volunteers included neighbors of Duncan Graham Park and students from Benicia High School.  The trees were planted, staked and mulched by 11 AM.  Pictures from the event follow below.