Sunday, July 29

Plant a Tree

Old Apple Tree, Copyright by Maureen Shaughnessy

Do you want to plant a tree (or 2 or 3) yet
a.) keep putting it off until you settle down in one house for a long time?
buy a house?
b.) figure out exactly what you're going to do with your garden so you know exactly where to plant the tree?
c.) have enough money saved to afford a large tree?
d.) decide what kind of tree you want to plant?
e.) other?
Well ....
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. -- International Society of Arborists

Raintree Restaurant Patio
Weeping Tree over Bench, Copyright by Maureen Shaughnessy

So .... What are you Waiting For?
Click here for a fact sheet on planting a new tree.

a few facts about trees, listed on the International Society of Arborists website:
  • In one year, an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven up to 8700 miles.
  • Trees provide shade and shelter, reducing yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
  • Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
  • The average tree in metropolitan area survives only about 8 years!
  • A tree does not reach its most productive stage of carbon storage for about 10 years.
  • Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
  • Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife.
  • The death of one 70-year old tree would return over three tons of carbon to the atmosphere

If you love trees, and want to tell other people about it, please head over to the Festival of Trees coordinating blog to find out how to participate in the next festival. Click here:Festival of the Trees

I will be hosting Festival #15 for the month of September, at Raven's Nest (aka Water Earth Wind and Fire) ... so check back here around the 1st of September to see more about trees from all over the world.


Crafty Green Poet said...

Good post, its a great idea to plant trees. Your sketch is lovely too.

Maureen said...

Hey, juliet -- i appreciate your comments here and at Land of Little Rain... I am leaving in a couple of days for almost 2 weeks -- camping -- and wish I had time to read through every post you've posted for the last few months. Your blog is fascinating! I really like this post so I bookmarked it so I can read it more leisurely when we return from our wilderness trip. Poetry is one of my loves.

Thanks for the compliment on the sketch -- it really is just a quickie sketch and notes from my slightly incoherent brain... glad you liked it. ;-D