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Re: Landscaping and Manos Ayudando

Posted by Larry Segall on September 30, 2009, 9:25 am, in reply to "PHOTOS OF THE SCHOOL"

I met with staff at the Kinder yesterday. There is not really room to plant any more trees. In fact, my first recommendation was to remove several trees from an area that is overplanted. What the school needs most for the landscape is tools. Specifically, loppers and hand pruners, a pole pruner, a hoe, a shovel and a rake. Currently they have a machete and saw.

They had two trees crash in a storm about two weeks back. There is a problem here in town with tree care. There is a lack of skilled tree trimmers and of proper pruning tools. Most of the tree trimming done here is counter productive. I did not see the trees before they fell, but I would guess the biggest cause was poor pruning practices. This is not a local issue. I used to see horrible pruning work by so-called professionals when I was a contractor in California.

One project that they need is to have shade areas for parents to wait in when they come for their children. My suggestion was to build a simple arbor and use vines to cover it. This will provide shade much faster than planting a tree. The area where they need the shade is also below numerous electrical and telephone lines, so trees are not a good solution.

There is some clean up work that needs to be done and I would like to organize a work day in the near future. Any volunteers for Saturday October 3rd in the morning? The school prefers that work be done when the children are not there. I have most of the tools on the list.

Building the Arbor is another good project.

They are getting a roof to cover the play area. The work should start today.

Stephanie, I will see you on Saturday at your store with the list.

And for all of you, any children's books in Spanish will help.

Thanks to all.

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