Azalea & Dogwood Trail
Look for green directional arrows
Trail will last until Monday, April 20


Enter Trail at Second Avenue and Eighth Street

            (Trinity United Methodist Church is on the left)

Proceed down Eighth   Street, turning left on Fourth Avenue

Proceed on Fourth   Avenue, turning right on 10th Street

At the split in the road, turn right onto Collinwood Street

Upon entering Collinwood, turn left onto Collinwood Circle West

Continue, crossing Collinwood   Street

Turn right onto Collinwood   Circle East then left onto Collinwood Street

At the intersection of 10th Street, turn right

Turn left onto Ridgewood   Drive

Turn right onto Piedmont   Avenue continuing down the hill

At the Jackson’s Lake, turn left onto Laurel Street

Turn right onto Bonita   Drive

Proceed down Bonita   Drive until it turns in to Terracewood Drive (at curve)

Proceed on Terracewood Drive- Turning right at directional arrow and

Proceed up hill to turnaround in front of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Newman’s Home

Enter once again on Terracewood by turning left

Proceed up the hill on Terracewood and turn left onto Lakeshore Drive

Turn right onto Shamrock   Drive

Once intersected with Bonita Drive, turn right

Turn left onto Victoria   Street

Continue on Victoria until the intersection of 10th   Street, turn right

Turn left onto 6th   Avenue and follow through the Historic District

Turn right onto 4th   Street after passing NorthsideSchool

Turn right onto 4th   Avenue

Continue until intersection with 8th Street and turn left.

Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding
Saturday, March 14
Saugahatchee Square (parking lot of Goodwill)
Free Event!!

All residents and businesses of Lee County are invited!





Would you like to become a Master Gardener?

The Lee County Extension Service is offering a new Master Gardener class for 2015. Day

time classes will be held at the local extension office located at 600 S. 7th St., Suite 4. The

starting date is to be decided, but will be in early February. Applications will be accepted

through January 23rd.

The program is designed for people with an interest in gardening who would like to improve

their gardening skills and passing their new found knowledge on to others.

The courses will be taught by specialist, county agents, and veteran Master Gardeners. The

classes will cover all aspects of gardening from soil and plant nutrition, design and care of

landscape, vegetable, fruit and herb gardening and much more.

The program is 13 weeks and will consist of lectures and hands on training. After completing

the course, new interns will be expected to give 10 hours of service to the Master Gardener

Helpline and 40 hours of volunteer service to the Extension Service and/or the community. At

the completion of their hours they will receive their Master Gardener Certificate.

Master Gardener classes are $125 per person. If you are interested or have any questions,

please contact the Lee County Extension Service at 334 749-3353 or visit

2015 Arbor Day Poster

One of the favorite Christmas traditions in my family is cutting down the Christmas tree. Since my parents live in the country, it seems there is a plethora of worthy threes. However, after years of participating in this adventure, I have learned that a tree against another tree is not a good choice. The tree appears lopsided and unless you plan to put it against the wall in your home, it just won’t work. Some trees we have chosen could have landed us in a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Too tall, too wide, too full and too much sap are a bad combination. These days the grandchildren look forward to picking out the perfect tree for my parents’ house. The adventure always includes lots of opinions, freezing toes, a saw and many pine needles. The memories made will last a lifetime.
Once the man in the red suit has visited your house with lots of goodies, what do you do with your Christmas tree? In Opelika this year, we are changing our tree recycling program to better serve the community. Keep Opelika Beautiful will be hosting the Christmas tree recycling event on Saturday, December 27. The event will be from 8am to noon at the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, 601 Avenue A. Volunteers will be onsite to unload your tree. The Opelika Tree Commission will be handing out tree seedlings to everyone who brings a tree. This year, Home Depot is our presenting sponsor of the recycling event. Home Depot will have a chipper on site to mulch your Christmas tree. You can take home a bag of mulch to use in your yard. If you would like to donate your mulch, representatives from Opelika Grows will be at the event. Opelika Grows will use the mulch for gardens in the Opelika City Schools. The Christmas tree recycling event is open to all residents and businesses at no charge. In Auburn, trees can be placed with your other curbside collection and will be picked up on the designed garbage pickup for the neighborhood. Trees picked up in Auburn will be taken with other yard debris to a recycling center to be ground into mulch. If you choose to recycle your tree, strip the tree down to the natural state. Please remove all lights and ornaments.
Why is it important to recycle your Christmas tree? Trees placed in the landfills will biodegrade very slowly due to lower oxygen levels. Trees can be recycled and use for mulch at playgrounds, gardens, around trees and for weed abatement. Many people use trees for erosion barriers to stabilize lake shorelines. Old Christmas trees are also excellent for feeding fish and fish refuge. Each year around 30 million real Christmas trees are sold. The average time it takes to produce a Christmas tree is 7 years. What if every one of the trees sold was recycled back into nature?