Celebrated on May 16 as part of Garden for Wildlife Month, Love a Tree Day asks everyone to release their inner “tree hugger” and show appreciation to their arborous friends. Trees are a vital part of nature.
Besides the beauty and shelter they provide, they also play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate. And of course, they provide us with oxygen. Large quantities of carbon are stored in the tissues of trees and they also remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Plus they provide shelter for numerous species of animals and plants, fruit for food, fuel for cooking, timber for construction, and so much more!
So get out there, wrap your arms around a tree, and say THANK YOU for all trees do for us!
5 Ways to Show Love to a Tree:
1. Take to social media and spread the word by sharing your photos of hugging, planting, or climbing a tree using the hashtag #SummitLoveATreeDay. Be sure to share with us on our Summit Academy Facebook page and we could include your post in a future newsletter!
2. Pamper your tree by giving it its own “spa day.” Freshen its fertilizer and give its branches a nice trim or pruning. And don’t forget to water! Watering a tree means soaking the root system. It takes time and patience but a regular root soaking will make a world of difference to a tree’s long-term health.
3. Decorate your tree by adorning it with a bird feeder. Everyone knows the duo make the perfect complement to one another. Many home improvement shops sell kits to build your own feeder or keep it simple and spread peanut butter and bird seed on a paper towel tube and tie it to a tree branch. There is no such thing as a wrong bird feeder, plus they will ensure your tree always has a friend.
4. Take a hike and learn the species of trees that live in your area. There are several field guides available to help identify the different types you see, or take your identifying to the 21st century by downloading apps like LeafSnap or TreeBook.
5. Ensure future Love a Tree Days by sponsoring the planting of trees. The National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife Cards and Gifts program partners with schools, local government, and nonprofit organizations to plant trees and commit to caring for them for years to come, benefiting the local community and wildlife.
Reasons to Love Trees:
- There are over 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world.
- A healthy tree can increase your property value by as much as 27%.
- Every state has an official State Tree, but there is not a national tree in the United States. However, there is a campaign to have the oak adopted as the National Tree.
- One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
- Trees are the largest-living and some of the oldest-living organisms on Earth.
- Over 5,000 products are made from trees.
- Each year, one person uses wood and paper products equivalent to a 100-foot tree 18 inches in diameter.
- The tallest known tree was a coastal redwood measuring 379 feet tall.
Sources include: National Wildlife Federation and North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences