Plant a Tree
This month California celebrated Arbor Day, which means now is the best time to plant a tree.
Why plant a tree?
Well, for one, they provide food and shelter for wildlife
Two, "For every ton of new wood that grows, about 1.5 tons of CO2 are removed from the air and 1.07 tons of life-giving oxygen are produced. During a 50-year life span, one tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution or $125,000 total per tree without including any other values." ( treelink.org ) Some impressive numbers, right?
Three, trees can be very effective snow and windbreakers
Four, trees prevent and/or reduce soil erosion and water pollution
Five, for an example how strategical planted trees can function as natural air conditioner check out my blog entry about a visit to the Solar Living Center last September
Six, planted along streets they can effectively reduce noise and air pollution
Seven, one of the most important points to me, trees provide a multitude of fruits and nuts
Eight, they are beautiful to look at, especially in spring when they bloom and in fall when the leaves turn, and
Nine, the falling leaves make an excellent natural mulch
Ten, trees provide immediate relief for tax season stressed minds...;-)
Can't plant a tree yourself?
Check out these links for ideas!
Plant a billion trees
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