Need some shade from the hot summer sun? The best solution is usually as simple as planting a tree in your yard, and now you can get one for FREE! This fall, TreePhilly, in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo, will give away 1500 trees to Philadelphia residents!
They’ll provide the tree, some mulch and also instructions regarding planting and taking care of your new tree. The deadline to register is September 30, 2014. For more information, click here.
If you prefer to add a free street tree instead, or to get free street trees for your entire block, they have a great program for that too! Read more about this generous program here.
Trees are amazing living things and provide numerous benefits, as they:
- Reduce energy costs in both summer and winter (When the right tree is planted in the right location. Read more about that here).
- Intercept rain water, which reduces flooding and stormwater runoff (Read more about that here)
- Clean the air we breathe
- Provide shade in summer (Read more about that here)
- Break cold, winter winds
- Provide critical habitat for songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife
- Beautify a neighborhood
- Increase house values
For even more benefits of trees, read my previous post here.
photo courtesy of Pinterest via Sebastian Rachele & Kurt Gruber