26) Plant a Tree (OR SEVERAL Trees)
We need trees + you can plant one or more = a better world.
The list of benefits of trees is more numerous to list, but a few are:
– Oxygen…they make it. We breathe it.
– They clean the air of pollutants that we would otherwise breathe.
– They cool the air in the summer which saves you $$$ money on cooling costs
– They slow wind in winter which saves you $$$ in heating costs
– They soak up water which means it helps cut back on flood waters … we have more and more pavement every day, people that live around rivers are getting more water where they are because our water that used to soak in is now running off, so the more trees there are the more they can soak up at least some of it.
– Trees raise your property value.
– Planting trees create memories your kids will carry long after you’re gone.
– They are a home for birds that eat insects that would bother you.
– Fruit trees give you free food which saves you $$$ money.
– etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.
Try to plant a tree that is native to your area..ones that normally already grow there are set up and adapted to the temperature and climate there and will live longer, plus they won’t be invasive and crowd out other native trees and plants.
You can start trees for FREE from seed very easy (like the maple tree propeller seed things) and lots of times you’ll have some already started in a place they aren’t suitable for such as too close to the house so just scoot it elsewhere being careful not to damage the roots, so dig out a ways from the sprout or trunk AT LEAST as far as the leaves are wide and go down a ways…the main “taproot” that goes straight down is important not to hurt. Check with neighbors, they may have one where they would just mow it down, move it to where it will grow and you’re set.
Don’t be afraid to do this, it’s easy and worth it and you’ll learn more and more and it’s fun.
Trees have been growing on Earth waaaaay before people and they do just fine on their own. Growing a tree can be easy, just follow a few simple guidelines…
DO NOT LET THE MULCH TOUCH THE TRUNK OF THE TREE!
DO NOT MAKE THOSE MOUNTAINS OF MULCH!
Mulch touching the trunk is bad for the tree, it can rot the bark and let insects hurt the tree. Mulch hills like you see, or as some call them “tree volcanoes” are bad because they encourage root growth UP and not DOWN. Plus a mound like that dries out quicker than flat ground. The people that make money from mulch want you to do it, but it is NOT good for the tree. Check with the Arbor Day Foundation if you don’t believe me and they know more about trees than a store or a guy or company that wants your money and will say anything (either through greed or being misinformed) to get your money.
Other than that, choose a native species tree, don’t plant it too near a building or under power wires if it’ll get big, put a fence or something around it so no one steps on it or runs over it with a mower. If you have deer around you may need more than just a little wire fence.
Don’t worry about making a huge hole and amending the soil, just make a hole, put the seed in or if it’s already started put the tree in with roots down and with soil at the same level as it looks like it was originally, maybe use crunched up little branches or chips or a LITTLE mulch NOT TOUCHING the trunk of the tree, water it a bit (don’t drown it, you don’t have to soak it a bunch every day, just don’t let it completely dry out for days) and step back and watch it grow!
Most will make it and if it doesn’t just plant another (and another and another and another…)
Avoid using chemicals and chemical fertilizers, as I said trees were just fine before we came along, they know how to live without our help. Just protect it until it’s bigger and enjoy it!
Also enjoy the fact that you’ve helped the whole Earth and ALL people by planting a tree.
I have a site TreesAreLife.org that mentions the same stuff I said here and it is where you can list a tree you want or have to share, but basically you can just decide to do it, share ones you see need a better place to grow and encourage others to do the same.
Read up about specific types online or at the library and always keep in mind that while it is not always the case, some of what you may be told by people profiting from what they say (people selling mulch, fertilizers, etc) may not always be the best for the trees.
Thank you for caring about trees and wanting to help them and us all!
Thanks and Peace,