This Friday is Arbor Day – always the last Friday in April – a tradition that began nationwide in 1872 and continues today with individuals and groups celebrating trees and nature.
Planting new trees and caring for existing ones is more important than ever as we battle exotic invasive insect pests, air pollution, soil compaction and contamination, limited water and nutrient availability and the overall effects of extreme weather conditions and climate change. Trees are much more than just a beautiful big plant; their social, communal, and environmental benefits are numerous.
- They manufacture oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
- They provide shade in summer and windbreak in winter.
- The beauty and serenity of trees have been shown to help hospital patients recover more quickly.
- Trees reduce crime in low-income urban areas and increase home property values.
- Trees save energy, improve air quality, conserve water and provide homes to wildlife.
- Trees offset our carbon footprints.
- Large and majestic trees are a major asset to any community.
This Arbor Day, plant a tree seedling, learn how to care for the trees in your yard or neighborhood, read a tree identification book, or simply take a walk and appreciate not only their beauty but what they do for our health and for the health of the planet.
For group activity ideas, go to arborday.org.
For more green living tips, visit greenwithbetsy.com.