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Arbor Day-Doing Your Part

Updated on April 4, 2014

Join me, and many others on April 24th, and DO YOUR PART!

Celebrate Arbor Day!
Celebrate Arbor Day!
It's up to us to plant more trees...
It's up to us to plant more trees...
Planting a tree...
Planting a tree...
National Arbor Day Foundation Logo
National Arbor Day Foundation Logo
Good tips on placement of trees, so they benefit you and your home...
Good tips on placement of trees, so they benefit you and your home...

To begin with...

 I recently got a letter in the mail, asking me to donate $10 to the Arbor Day Foundation... Donate, I probobly will not, not because I don't believe in the foundation, or for any other reason besides I just don't have money to give to people these days. Besides my guilty feelings of not donateing my $10, I also decided that rather than donate money to them, I will join them by doing my part... by planting trees, flowers, and shrubs in my yard, picking up trash I may see laying around outside, by giving one whole day (April 24th) to Arbor Day.

Doesn't that sound like a great idea? I am going to make my family hang out at home that day and help me. This, also, will make a great "family day" for us, seeing my husband works out of town from Monday to Friday. This will be our "time-well-spent" day.

Many families throughout my town, and the surrounding areas, take a part in Arbor Day. Every year, the kids bring a baby pine tree home from school, the roots wrapped in a wet, brown paper towel, and we plant it as soon as possible. We have even taken them to my father's house and planted a couple. (I think he mowed them both over...) But the kids forgot about them, so we don't bring them up!

I've also participated in the annual "Pick-up-garbage-off-the-side-of-roads-Day"... (Not fun, but for a good cause...) It just goes to show who cares about our earth, I guess. Not that I think we can do much about global warming, but we may be able to at least slow it down a notch...

Some ideas for "DOING YOUR PART":

  • Switching from your normal cleaning supplies to "Environment-friendly" supplies is a start...
  • Recycling, and USING recycled products
  • Growing your own gardens, (WITHOUT PESTICIDES!)
  • Spreading the word on LITTERING, and taking part in it yourself
  • Teaching your children while they are young, so they can get in the habit
  • Using reuseable, cloth grocery bags, which are found all over now, so they are easy to find.

These are only a few tips. There is information all around you about "GOING GREEN", and switching to solar power, and wind power, and bio-fuel, etc...etc.

By doing my part, planting trees and such, I think it makes me feel like I did something good for our planet. It makes me appreciate it more... I mean, we live here, and we are the reason it's dying so quick... So, maybe the higher powers at work will see my contribution, and love me for it... Maybe it will make them want to greet me with a Mercedes, or something when my turn is up...(?)

It, also, will make my day to see my kids doing their part, too! I make sure to teach them these important things, and they enjoy it. They get the "belonging" sense, and I see smiles all day long! What else could a mommy ask for???


Why plant more trees?

4 Major reasons why we need more trees:

1.) For wildlife: Trees help make nature a part of our daily lives. They provide nesting sites for birds, and food and cover for a whole variety of wildlife.

2.) To conserve energy: Cities without trees are "heat islands"; 100 million additional mature trees in U.S. cities would save $2 billion per year in energy costs.

3.) To clean the air: Trees help clean the air by "catching" airborne pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and small particulates.

4.) To increase property values: Shade trees planted east and west of your home can cut cooling costs 15-35%. Street trees shade the concrete and cool the whole neighborhood! By planting flowering trees, you also produce food for wildlife. Nut trees can be incorporated into windbreaks or serve as shade trees. A windbreak can lower heating bills 10-20%, and a backyard orchard lets you grow your own fruits...

You see? Planting trees not only helps our planet, but also helps serve us in many ways. By doing your part for Arbor day, your not only helping yourself, but others too. So, join me, and plant something this April 24th! Take advantage of the time spent with your family, and ENJOY IT! Actually be aware of what you are doing for your planet, and be pleased with your outcome.

I'm learning as I go, and I am actually looking forward to learning more on this subject! So, if anyone has any good suggestions, by all means, let me know! I'm always looking for new ideas!


"Tree's Are Terrific!"

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    • Dottie1 profile image

      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Planting trees and watching them grow up is fun. I did this with my kids too when they were young. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Congratulations! This hub is part of the golden hubnuggets which is ready to be voted upon. Click this link to ProCW's hub to vote:

      I like the idea Mamadragonfly! :-) There is certainly many little things we can do to help take care of Mother Earth. And planting trees is definitely one of them. Great hub!

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      Shannon 9 years ago from New York

      I am always calling people "litter-bugs"! And I refuse to let anyone throw trash out my windows! I have done similar things, too, to my kids. My little ones have learned, but the two older kids still need the embarrassment!

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      Kari Poulsen 9 years ago from Ohio

      Great, informative hub! I can remember one time, when my son was younger, he threw something out of the car window. I turned around and went back and made him pick it up. We had other people in the car with us and he was embarrassed. Made an impact, though, he doesn't litter anymore!

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      Shannon 9 years ago from New York

      I agree 100%... I can't wait to go pick out which ones we all want! I am letting each of my kids pick them out this year! I figure it will make them want more to do with it as it grows.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      sciencewithme 9 years ago

      We are using Arbor Day to plant several trees in our yard as well as some neighbors yards. This is a much better way to celebrate than by simply writing a check and forgeting about it.

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      Shannon 9 years ago from New York

      My kids absolutely love helping me in our yard! We did a lot of planting last year, and we will continue to do it every year. Honestly, I can't wait to get out there and plant my flowers and more shrubs, and yes, TREES!

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I used to do a lot of tree-planting around my weekend house. I agree with TOm- doing that with kids IS MAGICK.

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Tree planting is a great thing to do with kids. Plant a sprouted acorn in a paper cup and plant it in the spring when the kid is six. buy they time they are 14 the tree will be taller then they are. It's like magic.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      100 thumbs up for tree-planting!

      Great idea., great Hub, as always.