Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 27) are just around the corner. We’ve all seen the news about drastic weather changes and the ways we can live greener lives. The problems feel insurmountable, but we can all do small things to make the world a cleaner, greener place. This year, celebrate the earth by planting a tree!
How You Can Help
There are plenty of ways you can celebrate Earth and Arbor Days and give back to the planet and your local community. Try any of these ideas and know that you’re making the world a better place.
- Plant a tree in your yard at home.
- Help a neighbor plant a tree.
- Volunteer to clean up a local public park or downtown area.
- Organize a neighborhood block party to celebrate Earth or Arbor Day and help your neighbors plant their trees.
- Volunteer with local organizations to help plant trees in different public spaces around your area.
- Work with your local school to organize a tree planting or other event that encourages students to nurture plants and trees.
Planting a Tree
For many people, the easiest way to be a part of a greener tomorrow is to plant a tree in your own yard — or that of a family member’s yard, if you don’t have the space. Here’s what you need to know before you plant your tree.
Select the right location: You’ll need to check the soil condition and available water and moisture to make sure your tree can thrive and grow in that space. Make sure you choose an area with plenty of space for the roots at the base and space in the sky for the canopy of leaves. This means you shouldn’t plant to closely to your house, a well, a septic tank, sidewalks, or overhead wires.
Select the right kind of tree: Talk to a local nursery or garden center to find the right tree that can grow and thrive in the Charlotte area. Some options include: dog wood, silver maple, red oak, tulip tree, or sugar maple.
Plant it correctly: Depending on the type of tree you choose, you’ll have to plant it correctly. Trees with open roots need different care than trees in containers or buckets. And some trees will have their roots balled up and burlapped. The Arbor Day Organization has plenty of tips to help you plant your tree correctly so it can survive and grow.
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day together by planting a tree! It doesn’t take much to make a big impact. And you’ll be making future greener for your children and grandchildren and the world.