Fall is an ideal time for planting, and Chadron State College is taking advantage of the opportunity.
More than 20 people participated in a fall planting event of the Chadron State College Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Chadron State international students and other community volunteers planted oak, elm and evergreen trees in the new parking lot north of the Reta King Library.
Volunteers learned how to fall-plant trees during a demonstration planting of a topiary juniper next to the north doors of the King Library.
Lessons learned during the work day will be useful for the home landscape, said Lucinda Mays, Chadron State public horticulturist.
“It was a wonderful day and we really enjoyed having so many students join us. We learn a lot from each other, in addition to getting our hands dirty doing needed work, in this case planting trees,” Mays said.
Volunteers also raked and bagged pine needles on campus to be used as mulch in different areas of campus.
Mays and others from Chadron State were involved with an event on Halloween day to improve the tree canopy north of the Chadron Intermediate School.
Third- and fourth-graders planted seven trees with representatives of CSC, the City of Chadron, Chadron public schools, the Nebraska State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
—CSC Information Services