The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 28, 2013

Trees Forever puts down roots at cemetery

OSKALOOSA — The eastern portion of Forest Cemetery got a bit more green thanks to Trees Forever.

Members of Trees Forever planted several kinds of trees in this area of the cemetery amid the cool, autumn temperatures.

Trees Forever Chairman Craig Coen said they were putting in around 20 landscape-sized trees at the cemetery this fall.

Coen noted that the trees were of a number of different varieties. Trees they were planting included the Japanese Lilac, Kentucky Coffee and Dawn Redwood trees, among others.

“We’re trying to do a variety, especially since we’re seeing diseases take over some types of trees,” said Coen.

Jerry Barrickman, of Trees Forever, explained that fall is a great time to plant trees.

“Fall is actually the best time,” explained Barrickman. “You’re going into a season where it’s easier for them to take root. It’s a cooler season.

It just kind of gets them set up, ready for summer.”

So, why plant more trees?

“Of course, the biggest purpose of trees is environmental,” Coen said, pointing out that trees help clean the air.

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