Each spring, Temple Terrace homeowners have the opportunity to welcome home a new “family member” to their landscape—a healthy new tree.
Through the City of Temple Terrace and Tampa Electric’s annual Adopt-a-Tree program, homeowners from different neighborhoods each year may apply to receive a tree—city officials determine the species. During the week of National Arbor Day, “shovel sponsors” (Davey and Tampa Electric volunteers) follow county guidelines and restrictions to properly plant each tree.
“Volunteers complete the full planting, from digging the hole, to placing the tree and watering once it’s planted,” says Johnny Page, account manager for Davey’s Tampa Electric account.
This year, more than 20 volunteers from the City of Temple Terrace, Tampa Electric and Davey combined planted more than 40 trees in two and a half hours.
“Giving back to the community helps us establish good relations with local residents who own properties on which we work,” Page says.
Temple Terrace’s Joe Gross can’t think of any better way to celebrate National Arbor Day. “We thank volunteers for the heavy lifting and look forward to a repeat performance in 2016,” he says.