The first phase of the Lincoln County Courthouse landscaping renovation has begun. Trees and shrubs have been removed, stumps ground out, wood chips removed, holes filled, and the lawn has been core aerated, over seeded and lightly fertilized. Work has begun on the south wall planters, and preparations are being made for Merlot sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Merlot’) plantings on both sides of the front porch, to be followed with the mulching of all flower beds. David Lloyd, member of the Master Gardeners, is pictured above grinding stumps. “I believe we are making good progress towards accomplishing our spring goals,” said Presiding Commissioner Dan Colbert. “The Master Gardeners are doing their best at working expeditiously with the county.”
The Missouri Department of Conservation T.R.I.M. grant was submitted on May 23. Grant award notifications will not be made until mid-September 2014 when phase two of the landscaping project will be completed. At this time trees that require professional removal will be taken down and approximately 24 trees will be planted, along with numerous shrubs and perennials.