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February 25, 2013

Athens High School to be recipient of new landscaping

— Hoping to improve the look and the safety of Athens High School and stadium, city schools will begin a three-phase landscaping plan this spring.

Athens school board members unanimously agreed to pay low-bidder Grayson Bailey Landscaping Contractors $16,720 to do the planting. Money from ticket sales will be used to pay for this and other phases, Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. said.

Landscaping a campus has many benefits beyond beauty, including reducing carbon dioxide emissions, creating shade and wind barriers that can lower energy costs, and creating a more soothing atmosphere for students.

Largely influenced by the stunning landscaping done in the past few years by Calhoun Community College, the AHS plan calls for dramatically improving the attractive but meager landscaping currently at the school. The landscaping blueprint calls for more than 390 shrubs, ornamental trees and full-size trees; though the number of plants could change slightly once planting begins.

After the meeting, Principal Chris Bolen said it might be possible for graduates, other citizens or businesses to sponsor various shrubs or trees once they are planted. He said some existing shrubs and trees have already been sponsored.

The plan

The bulk of landscaping would be done where the school property fronts U.S. 31, though some planting would be done closer to the school and stadium.

Phase I will include the areas around Golden Eagle Stadium;

Phase II will include the areas around the parking lot between the stadium and school;

Phase III will include the areas around the high school.

In detail, the plan calls for adding:

• 63 oak trees — either willow oak or Overcup oak (a specimen with a crown that resembles an upside down cup);

• 63 “Natchez” crepe myrtles, (which has white flowers and peeling bark);

• 41 dogwood trees;

• 61 “Nellie” or “Stevens” holly shrubs;

• 132 Little Gem magnolia trees;

• 43 red maple trees (the kind that turn a brilliant scarlet in fall.)

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