Hot weather means hard time for city landscaping

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Veterans Parkway is one of Columbus' busiest streets. The Veterans Parkway Streetscape began in 2009 and included new lights and signs, as well as new landscaping along the side of the street.

The city contracted with Seasonal Concepts to work on the landscaping. The unseasonably hot weather during the last four months have taken a toll on the trees.  Of the nearly 100 oaks planted, almost half have some brown leaves.

John Phillips with Seasonal Concepts said his crew has to hand water the trees because there is no irrigation.

He said they may have to replant some trees. But, he believes most are just shedding leaves as a natural survival mechanism to protect it's roots.

Officials from the city told New Leader 9 they have no involvement with care of the trees until the contract is handed over from Seasonal Concepts and will not accept some of the trees like they are right now.

Stimulus dollars paid for most of the work along Veterans Parkway. $2.2 of the $3.2 million project was stimulus money.  A donation from Trees Columbus and the Georgia DOT split the last million dollars.  Trees Columbus donated $482,000 and the DOT gave $500,000.

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