Kentucky Utilities Company will join other local Earth Day activities across the state by giving away free redbud tree seedlings while supplies last. Mature eastern redbuds have pink/purple blossoms in the early spring and dot landscapes in Kentucky with beautiful color.
About 4,500 eastern redbud tree seedlings will be given away on April 20 at the following locations and customer service centers:
- Burnside City Hall, 7929 S Hwy 27
- Ravenna City Hall, 620 Main St.
- Shelbyville, 1100 Main St.
- Georgetown, 205 W. Clinton St.
- Mt. Sterling, 209 W. Locust St.
- Morganfield, 2800 US Hwy 60 East
- Pennington Gap, VA, 42311 E Morgan Ave.
- Norton, VA, 1000 Park Avenue, NW.
Customers may pick up two free seedlings beginning at 9 a.m. (Pickup at the Morganfield business office begins at 8 a.m.) Giveaways will take place until the seedling supply lasts, which is usually until late morning.
The giveaway program is one way our company supports the Call Before You Dig (811) initiative and encourages planting native trees in appropriate locations through The Right Tree in The Right Place program.
Falling tree limbs on lines is one of the major causes of power outages. The eastern redbud is a relatively small tree when it reaches maturity, so planting that tree in the right place means the tree will grow without limbs reaching the electric lines. A brochure that describes “Right Tree, Right Place” and the “Plan Before You Plant” recommendations will be given to customers along with the seedlings.
Planting the seedlings in the proper location will help reduce energy costs thanks to the shade they provide as they grow.