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Landscaping added as Missoula County Courthouse renovation nears end

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MISSOULA - There's been a lot of dirty work going on at the Missoula County Courthouse.

Crews from Brugh Landscaping are laying down 39,000-square-feet of sod around the grounds as one of the last steps in the Courthouse renovation project.

The seven-member team laid rows upon rows of  Kentucky Bluegrass on Friday, fitting each piece like a puzzle. Once the sod is down the next step will be the planting of Red Sunset Maple trees.

The century-old Norway maples that once grew here were nearing the end of their lifespan and many were damaged by weather or had root systems that damaged sprinkler lines and sidewalks.

But before the Red Maples go into the ground, there's more work to be done before this crew calls it a day.

"We started at 10 this morning and have about 45 minutes to go and then it will take another two hours to cut this in," Kevin Lalum with Brugh Landscaping said on Friday. "This is a pretty big job for us, we do a lot of residential and commercial work in and out of town."

The new maple trees -- that are native to North America -- should be in the ground in November.  This phase of the Missoula County Courthouse renovation project cost just over $790,000.

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