The tree seedlings giveaway by the Rocky Mount Tree Advisory Board, originally scheduled for March 2-4, 2020, has been postponed.
Each year, the city of Rocky Mount Tree Advisory Board gives away low-growing trees that are suitable for planting near power lines to help keep Rocky Mount beautiful and to promote proper planting. The Tree Giveaway event will be rescheduled for a future date. At that time the city will be giving away free Highbush Cranberry tree seedlings inside the Business Services Center, located at 224 S Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The limit will be two trees per person, while supplies last.
The Highbush Cranberry is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of 8-12 feet. Low-growing trees that are suitable for planting near power lines are given away each year to help keep Rocky Mount beautiful and to promote proper planting. Planting deciduous trees, such as the Highbush Cranberry, on the south and west sides of the home can also help save energy. Deciduous trees provide shade in the summer and allow sunlight to warm the home in the winter.
Birds, including Cardinals, and deer may eat the fruits.
Before planting trees, residents are reminded to first call 811 at least three business days beforehand to have underground utilities located. Even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists, and 811 is the national call-before-you-dig number and is free of charge for all excavators.
For more information about new dates for the annual tree giveaway, call 252.467.4800.
Source: Amy Blanton and Jessie Nunery, City of Rocky Mount