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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Plant native trees...

Planting native trees is a small act that will have a huge impact. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and in turn produce oxygen for us to breath. A tree can absorb and store between 700 and 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. When providing shade for a house, a tree can reduce the energy required to run the air conditioner and can save an extra 200 to 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over it’s lifetime.

Native trees are a good idea because they are plants that have evolved to live in your area. They require little maintenance and provide homes and food for creatures in their ecosystem.

If you want to learn more about planting trees, the American Forest Organization has a nice guide here. Visit to find out what trees will grow in your area.


Anonymous said...

Wow, this is great! But I live in New York City and I don't have any land to plant trees on. What do you suggest?

Deirdre Gill said...
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Deirdre Gill said...

Dear Anonymous:

I'm glad you asked, because many kids living in cities across the country are probably wondering the same thing!

In your case, you can visit the New York City Parks and Recreation website, here to find out about requesting a free street tree. Mayor Bloomberg has pledged to plant ONE MILLION trees in New York City, that's more than double the trees we have now. Let's help him out!

Mackenzie said...

Not sure if you are aware of the game of blog tag going around...

So, Tag! Your it!

Here's how it works: Players list 8 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, players then tag 8 other bloggers by posting their names and making sure they know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at the tagee’s blog.

landscaping trees said...

There are many perennials that can add to the beauty of any place in a few months, if due care and attention is paid while choosing and growing them.