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April 26th, 2012
City giving away Burr Oaks for Arbor Day


The city of San Marcos’s Public Service division is giving away a free Burr Oak seedling to San Marcos residents on Friday, April 27 in observance of Arbor Day.

The trees will be distributed at the San Marcos Nature Center, 430 Riverside Drive, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Trees offer numerous environmental benefits, such as moderating climate, reducing stormwater runoff and providing habitat for wildlife”, says Jan Klein, the city’s conservation coordinator. “They also provide shade, which can reduce cooling costs when planted on the west or south side of your home.”

Burr Oaks are large native trees, growing to a height of 50-70 feet with a spread of 50 feet, so they should be planted in open areas with adequate space. They are not appropriate for planting near power lines. Burr Oaks have a moderate growth rate and require little supplemental water once established.

For information, please call 512-393-8310 or email Klein here.

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  1. And don’t forget to call 811 before you plant those trees. 811 will then notify the utility operators to mark their lines prior to your excavation, including City of San Marcos eletric, water and sewer lines. Not only will calling 811 keep you safe and connected, it’s the law! Know what’s below,

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