Plant a Tree This Spring
April 18th, 2020
Yesterday, the third Friday in April, was Colorado’s Arbor Day, and National Arbor Day takes place the fourth Friday in April. Regardless of which day you celebrate, spring is a great time to think about planting new trees. It gives them a long growing season to get settled into their new home.
Before you plant another flowering crabapple tree, consider trying something different. Many arborists recommended planting a diversity of trees in your yard, throughout a neighborhood and within the community.
Tree diversity not only adds interest and variety, it also helps make our urban forest less susceptible to widespread damage from pests. Whenever too many of the same type of tree are planted together, it's a set-up for problems with diseases and insects such as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Arborists recommend no more than 10% of trees be the same variety. If one variety succumbs to pests or disease, there will be others reaching maturity to provide shade and to clean the air.
Some other great benefits of planting trees:
- Planting a native tree supports native birds and other wildlife.
- During one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.
- According to the US Forest Service, homes with street trees in Portland, Oregon sold for $7,130 more, on average, and 1.7 days more quickly.
- Trees and shrubs planted for windbreaks can cut fuel consumption by an average of 40%, according to the US Department of Energy.
Need help choosing the right trees? Despite the stay-at-home order, you can still get help through online classes offered by local botanic gardens, master gardener programs, and more. In many communities, spring tree and plant sales are still scheduled, but with modifications to accommodate public safety. And we can offer design services virtually as well.