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Natural Highlights: It's Tree Planting Season!

Planting a tree on a mild winter day can be a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays! A tree is a gift to the local environment which gives back in many different ways, especially if the tree you plant is native to the Midsouth.

Late fall, winter, and early spring are the best times to plant trees and shrubs in the Midsouth.  With the exception of the occasional hard freeze when soil temperatures reach 20 degrees or below, woody plants will generally thrive, putting their resources into their root systems while the rest of plant is dormant so that they are well-prepared for the warm growing season ahead. To prevent damage to new trees when there is a chance of freezing, be sure to mulch them well; a good thick layer of fallen leaves will do.

Consider the many benefits provided by trees: storage of carbon above and below ground,  reduction of stormwater runoff, erosion control, termperature moderation, reduction of air pollution, reduction of noise pollution, improved water quality, increased wildlife diversity, and human physical and psychological benefits,   In general, trees make people happier and make our communities cleaner, heathier, more biologically diverse, and more resilient.

Our annual tree planting event is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 16th.  For registration and details, please use this link.

The Conservancy has some extra trees in search of good homes.  Let us know if you'd like to plant any of the following:  Swamp Chestnut Oak, Northern Red Oak, Nuttall Oak, Black Tupelo, Water Tupelo, Redbud, Dogwood, or Buttonbush.  Just email Cathy.

Here are some links to interesting articles on the benefits of trees:

"Building greener cities: 9 benefits of urban trees"       http://www.fao.org/zhc/detail-events/en/c/454543/

Urban Releaf         http://www.urbanreleaf.org/get-educated/benefits-of-trees

Top 22 Benefits of Trees        https://www.treepeople.org/tree-benefits

 

 

 

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 5:39 PM