We Plant Trees

"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life." - Rabindranath Tagore

We know the value of trees and supported the planting of over 20,000 trees in the last 20 years!

 

Some of the trees we plant ourselves – along trails and waterways, at parks and schools. 

 

And thousands of these trees are given away as seedlings every April to appreciative citizens who take these trees home and plant and care for them.

 

The Benefits of Trees: 

  • They take CO2 out of the air

  • They breathe out fresh oxygen

  • They cool us with shade in summer

  • They protect us from wind in winter

  • They provide food and shelter for birds

  • They clean our waters with their leaves and roots

  • They are nurseries for many butterflies

  • They are beautiful

How to plant a bare root tree:

  1. Protect the roots - these little feeder roots - they look like hairs - can dry out in minutes. So keep the roots covered and moist. Not too wet. That would cause rot.
  2. Dig your hole about 1-2 feet deep and 1-2 feet wide. Set dirt in nice piles on either side. You'll need it later.
  3. Hold the tree in the hole with the root collar (where the roots meet the trunk) right at ground level.
  4. Push the dirt back into the hole around the tree. If digging through grass, cut it up and turn grass side down into hole. Tamp the dirt down so there are no air holes.
  5. Mulch nicely. About 3 feet in diameter and only 2 inches thick. Pull the mulch away from the trunk so little critters don't sneak through the mulch and munch on the bark.
  6. Water it, tag it and name it.
  7. The 1st year water it anytime we go over a week without rain.
  8. Take a picture next to your tree now and then again in 20 years.