6/4/2014 8:28:00 AM 100 years, 100 trees As soons as five years, Toro tree planting will give shade
"Within five years, these trees are going to be offering substantial shade."
That's the forecast Laura Vancura, human resources manager at The Toro Company in Windom, had for the Windom Recreational Area after she and Toro employees planted 100 new trees there Thursday morning.
The tree planting is one of the initiatives of Toro's centennial celebration. Toro is planting 100 trees in each community where it operates a plant. It couples Toro's longtime commitment to helping its customers care for their outdoor environments, while also building a legacy of giving back to the communities where employees live and work.
"Of all the projects that Toro is supporting as part of the centennial celebration, the team at Windom is most excited about planting 100 trees at the Windom Recreational Area," Vancura said. "It is truly the one project that will leave a lasting legacy for decades to come."
About 40 local Toro employees, divided into teams of three, received a short demonstration on tree planting from Dave Bucklin of the Cottonwood Soil and Water Conservation District. They then went around the park and planted trees in holes which were dug, using a Toro Dingo, by plant manager Aaron Skogen on Wednesday evening.
Within two hours, the trees were planted and mulch was placed around each of the trees.
Trees around the walking path and along the ball fields include bur oak, silver maple, hackberry, honey locust and greenspire linden. Black Hills spruce trees were planted on the hill that overlooks the southeast ball field.
"I think the whole event went fantastically," Vancura said. "Bruce (Caldwell) and the guys from the City had everything organized and ready to go. They had plotted out how they wanted the trees laid out and had them staged by the holes. We just showed up and planted the trees."
Vancura said that when Toro announced the 100 tree planting in Toro communities, the idea of the Windom Recreation Area was one of the first ideas and even when discussion about other possible locations arose, everyone kept coming back to the WRA.
Why is she so optimistic about how soon the trees would be providing shade to the walking path? Because of the already advanced age of the trees.
"With the larger trees that Bruce and Dave ordered, it is going to have an immediate impact on the beautification of that area," Vancura explained. "I am so excited to see the citizens of Windom enjoying the shade as they walk the trails or watch ball games there.
"The Windom Recreation Area is an important of recreation, especially youth recreation, in Windom and we are proud to be able to help beautify the space for generations to enjoy."