Pickerington crews are expected to plant 63 trees throughout the community this month as part of the city's annual beautification and enhancement efforts.

Pickerington crews are expected to plant 63 trees throughout the community this month as part of the city’s annual beautification and enhancement efforts.

For 18 years running, the city of Pickerington has maintained Tree City USA status, a designation granted to communities by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

Part of the reason for that is the city maintains a commission to address tree issues in the city and annually spends at least $2 per capita on trees.

It also has held a commitment to replenish and add to its stock of trees on public land.

“They’re spread through various subdivisions,” said Ed Drobina, Pickerington service manager. “It helps beautify the streets and the city, plus it helps keep temperatures cooler during the summer.”

At the conclusion of this month’s planting push, he said, Pickerington will have purchased and planted 148 trees in 2011 at a cost of approximately $29,150.

Drobina said a tree is planted in the public tree line of each new home that is built in the city, and Pickerington officials attempt to replace dying or damaged trees on public grounds each year.

“We plant a tree at every new build and then we try to go back where they’ve died and replant a new tree,” he said. “It’s been about the same number of (new) trees each year.”

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