There are no garden plots left in Mint Hill’s new Ezell Farm Park Community Garden.
The 20, 10-by-15-foot plots were snatched up quickly and officials say they will expand the garden to accommodate an additional 10 people on a waiting list.
The garden could be expanded in the winter, based on demand, said Peter Cook, Mecklenburg County Park Operations Supervisor. The garden, which is being built by county staff, should be ready for planting next week, he said.
“Years ago we used to build these spaces and no one would want (a plot). Now we can’t seem to build enough. It’s exciting,” Cook said.
Local gardeners can get a jump on planting with the donation of tomato and basil plants grown by inmates at the Mecklenburg County Jail as part of a program with the parks department. Parks officials provide plant seeds and inmates tend to the plants inside a greenhouse as part of the jail’s horticulture program, Cook
Interested gardeners can still have their names added to a waiting list. Cost is $15 per year, which includes compost, mulch and water.
To be added to the waiting list, call Scott Ewers at 704-336-4008 or email Scott.Ewers@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
Idlewild Fire hosts annual meeting
The Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual general membership meeting on Monday, April 29 at the fire station, 10241 Idlewild Road, in Mint Hill.
The meeting, which begins at 8 p.m., is open to the public.
For more information, call Capt. John Hunt at 704-545-5561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthews warns against improper pruning
Ralph Ramsaur, arborist for the Town of Matthews, is urging residents and business owners to avoid severe
tree pruning, often referred to as “topping out.”
This practice causes long-term damage and is a death sentence for trees, he said.
“We are seeing what I call tree vandalism all around Matthews,” Ramsaur said in a news release. “Our beautiful oaks, Bradford pears, crepe myrtles and others have had 40 to 50 percent of their canopy removed. This type of pruning
should not be done. When you do this, it causes a huge loss of leaves on the trees, and leaves are the food producers of the trees.”
Trees which have been “topped out,” according to Ramsaur, “go into a slow decline which allows the trees to be susceptible to disease and insect infestation. Within two to five years these trees will die.”
The International Society of Arboriculture states the topping of trees is an inappropriate pruning technique and should be avoided. Light
pruning is recommended to help a tree grow aesthetically, according to the release.
“Protect your investment by hiring a landscaping business that has a certified arborist on staff,” Ramsaur said in the release.
For more information about how to properly prune your trees, call Ramsaur at 704-708-1250.
What should you do with yard waste?
Officials in the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill are reminding residents to properly dispose of yard waste.
In Matthews, yard waste must meet town requirements for size and volume – items such as tree limbs should be no longer than five feet, no more than six inches in diameter and no more than what one person can collect in 20 minutes. The cut end of limbs/branches should be placed toward the street and piles should be small and neat.
Waste produced through work that citizens contract for, including tree trimming, shrub trimming and mowing, should be collected and removed by the contractor. Republic, the town’s waste contractor, may not be able to collect everything Monday through Friday. If this happens they will collect on Saturdays to catch up, according to a news release.
In Mint Hill, residents should place any yard waste by the curb at 7 a.m. and it must weigh no more than 75 pounds. Grass clippings and leaves should be in bags or cans, with a 10-bag limit.
Limbs and brush should be separated from other waste, according to the town’s website. Limbs should be not more than five feet in
length and not over six inches in diameter. Piles of limbs or brush, should be no more than four feet high by four feet wide and five feet in length.
If yard waste exceeds these specifications, the waste will not be picked up. Tree stumps, logs and wood blocks are not accepted at the curb.
Library needs teen volunteers
Through April 30, local teens can apply to be summer volunteers with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
The system needs teens to help manage and organize library materials, create displays to market library services, guide children and teens through the Summer Reading Program, lead programs and workshops, learn new technology and more. Teens who are between the ages of 13 to 17 by Aug.16 are eligible to apply.
Potential applicants will be interviewed.
For more information and to download an application, visit http://blogs.plcmc.org/libraryloft/events/volunteers/.
Matthews pup vies for ‘Top Dog’
On Aug. 27, a Saturday, Mecklenburg County’s Parks and Recreation will announce their Top Dog of the year, and one Matthews pooch is in the
Ashe, a 7-year-old Jack Russell-Blue Heeler mix, was chosen by the county as one of the top three dogs of all those submitted online. His owner, Kim Stone, says he loves chasing soccer balls and squirrels and playing in the sprinkler. Voting for Top Dog is already closed, but Stone is looking forward to seeing how her pup does in the contest.
All three dog contestants – Ashe, Puddin’ and Jenni – will be at the Bark in the Park event on Aug. 27, at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville, showing off why they were chosen as the top three dogs in the county and awaiting to see who is crowned the winner of this year’s contest.
Matthews hospital gets new name, logo
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews has a new name.
Starting Wednesday, April 17, the facility at 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy. is now known as Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. The name change is part of a system-wide plan to unify all facilities under the umbrella name Novant Health.
The change means a new logo, too, and new signs were put up at the hospital’s entrances this week.
Formed in 1997, Novant Health has grown from four to 13 acute care facilities, more than 100 outpatient facilities and more than 350 physician practice facilities in four states, according to a news release.