As spring approaches, the thoughts of homeowners often turn toward beautification of their yards. An annual event helps Story City residents do just that.


Story City Trees Forever will hold its 22nd annual Tree Sale on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the former Lone Tree Nursery site.


The tree sale is more than a home improvement opportunity, however. It’s a community betterment project, according to Mike Jensen, president of Story City Trees Forever.


“All funds raised from this sale will be used to plant more trees in the Story City community,” Jensen said.


Each tree will be priced at $45, which is a small portion of the actual value, Jensen said. The trees will be sold on a first-come basis with a limit of two per household until 11 a.m. After 11 a.m., residents may purchase additional trees.


There are a few stipulations with the tree purchases: All trees must be planted within the city limits of Story City, either on private property or city property. Anyone wanting to plant on city property — such as the area outside the sidewalk — will need to obtain a permit at least one week prior to planting time; permits are free and available at City Hall. The permit process gives the city time to check for underground utility locations prior to any trees being planted.


This project is made possible through a grant from Story City’s natural gas supplier, Black Hills Energy, and matching funds from the city of Story City.


Once again, this year, a large variety of trees, small, medium and large will be available for sale.


“With the Emerald Ash Borer now confirmed here in Story City it is even more important that we plant many varieties of trees throughout our community,” Jensen said. “Now is a great time to plant a new tree on your property.


“Healthy trees equal healthy people. Keep planting more trees.”


TREES AVAILABLE FOR SALE


LARGE TREES:


(Generally larger than 40 feet in height at maturity)


Heritage oak, swamp white oak, fire fall maple, Valley Forge elm, hackberry, Kentucky coffee espresso tree, green spire linden, royal red maple and prairie dream birch.


MEDIUM TREES:


(Generally between 20 feet and 40 feet in height at maturity)


Spring snow crabapple, northern red bud, northern acclaim honeylocust, harvest gold linden, blue beech, ironwood, autumn brilliance service berry and Amur cherry.


SMALL TREES:


(Generally shorter than 20 feet in height at maturity)


Ann magnolia, Leonard Messel magnolia, royal raindrops crabapple, perfect purple crabapple and Amur flame maple.