Celebrating Earth Day & Arbor Day
Join me in Celebrating Earth Day & Arbor Day this month. April has so many great holidays that gives us so many opportunities to give back to the earth.
April is so full of earth consciousness days with Earth Day on April 22nd, followed by Arbor Day on April 24th. How do you plan on giving back to the earth? As many of you may remember I teamed up with Arhaus and The American Forestry Foundation for Going Green for the Holidays. They created some really great informational signage that have been displayed in various National Parks, during an ongoing Nation wide campaign. I was so honored to have been chosen for this amazing earth changing campaign. I had not really realized that this path would lead me to a few other influential earth loving foundations and projects as well. Just after the first of the year I received a email from another important earth loving foundation, The National Arbor Day Foundation. Of course, I was excited to sign up and join in to do my part to support such a worthy cause. In the words of the Arbor Foundation CEO, Matt Harris: “Planting a tree is the ultimate act of optimism and sharing. It is the one act within the reach of nearly ever and woman and child to improve the environment and make this world a better place. It is repayment of our debt to nature for the air we breath and joy we know from bird songs, summer shade, and the calming beauty of shimmering leaves.”I am happy to report I am now a proud member of The National Arbor Foundation. I just received my starter pack of 10 Flowering Trees, 2 Maples and 2 Crapemytles, as you can see above. Yes while they are small saplings now, with time they will grow and become large trees. In fact they have already leafed out since I planted them 2 weeks ago. Plus I live in a “eco green” neighborhood, where a big emphasis is put on the environment, wildlife, and green spaces, so giving back and replanting is a huge part of our community. I thought it was really neat how they shipped the saplings, all color coded so you would know which tree was which for planting. They just painted the stems a different colors. No excess money going to printing tags, when it can be used for a greater good. It truly shows that they care for trees, so no wasting paper, which is essentially trees. I love it when a company practices what they preach, it means more that way.
Our shipment also came with a basic planting guide for bare root trees and a free tree identification book for my local area. Since these babies are so small I decide to tie a small piece of yarn around them, so I can easily keep track of them, especially when mowing our little meadow area near the wood line. We would not want them to get lost in the shuffle, or under the shade of our Little Gem Magnolia, which is going to get around 40 feet tall eventually.
Pro Tip- keep a detailed planting guide in a binder, of where you place items, along with the tags so you know the variety and maintance instructions. We actually left one of these at our previous home, with the new owners and they were so excited to know what was in the garden.
KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE:
Here are some more fun tree facts from the National Arbor Foundation to help celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day:
- Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources.
- Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.
- Roadside trees reduce nearby indoor air pollution by more than 50%.
- Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20–50% in energy used for heating.
- They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful.
- Evaporation of water from trees has a cooling influence.
- Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction.
- Global forests removed about one-third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007.
- In Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia, mature trees positively influenced home sale prices. Homes sold for nearly $105,000 more in neighborhoods with mature trees.
To become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation like me, visit https://www.arborday.org/members/