A total of 66 volunteers of all ages came out recently to plant 450 tree seedlings at Bethel Landfill in Hampton. The seedlings were planted in the buffer strip between the landfill and I-64. They were native evergreens with one exception, selected for their habitat value and their ability to help provide a screen between the landfill and the interstate.
The varieties planted were American holly, black haw viburnam, eastern redcedar, loblolly pine, and shortleaf pine. Upcoming plantings at the site will include longleaf pine, Virginia pine, and wax myrtle. Many thanks to Waste Management Inc. for purchasing the trees.
Tip from Kathy: I just purchased an eastern red cedar at Ken Matthews Garden Center in York County to plant in my own yard. These native cedars are durable, tolerating drought and tidal flooding. The berries on the females are loved by songbirds and their year-round dense green foliage provides shelter, nesting and protective cover for birds.
Volunteers representing Century Carpet Steamers, Hampton Grows, Hampton Master Gardeners, Langley Air Force Base, Peninsula Master Naturalists, Phenix School K-Kids, Tidewater Crop Mob, Waste Management, the Woman’s Club of Hampton, and many other organizations came out in full force.
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