Plant a Free Tree

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1231.jpgA few years ago, I planted 10 trees that I received free from the National Arbor Day Foundation after signing up for a year’s membership (for $10!). The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to help people plant and care for trees. It’s the largest volunteer tree-planting organization in the country.

The varied species of trees grew quickly and within 2 years I was able to transplant them to permanent locations in my yard. Not only did the trees add beauty to my yard, but they also increased the property value of my home (landscaping, especially with trees can increase property values by 15%).

Trees also fight global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the air as they “breathe” and produce oxygen. They can provide shading to your lawn and patio and significantly reduce cooling costs for your home. According to the USDA Forest Service, “Trees that are properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 – 50 percent in energy used for heating.”

“The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas also help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.”

Plus, there’s the added benefit of making us feel good when we are out in nature and surrounded by trees. Studies have even shown reductions in blood pressure and muscle tension when one is exposed to natural settings with trees.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a great resource to learn about and purchase numerous varieties of trees.

Tag(s): For Kids, Going Green, Money Saving, The Great Green Outdoors

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