With a thud, the root ball of the first of 14 trees was rolled into a hole Friday morning along the entrance drive to Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Handling the chore were Levi Miles and Jay Myers, both of Palmyra. The men were working for Murphy’s Lawn Care and Landscaping.
“Does it look straight?” Miles asked Myers before they began to fill the space surrounding the ball with dirt.
Myers estimated that the tree-planting process could extend into the first of next week.
Manhandling the trees into place is not easy. It is estimated that each of the 12- to 15-foot State Street Maples weighs 1,200 to 1,500 pounds.
The planting process had been scheduled to begin Thursday, but was postponed because of rain. The dedication ceremony went on as scheduled indoors.
The trees are taking the place of some of the trees which had lined the entrance drive for 54 years until the May 20 storm, which left approximately 100 trees on the campus damaged or destroyed.
The planting of more trees is planned in the future at HLGU, which is striving to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA.