Arbor Day Blog

Arbor Day Blog

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Small Trees Can Provide Shade Too
When we think about shade trees, we often imagine towering giants that reach more than 40 or 50 feet high. To properly shade a two-story house, you probably need a tree that stands at least 30 feet high. Shade is important for energy-conservation and to reduce air conditioning bills. But what if you have a single-story home with limited space? Medium to large trees just aren’t practical...
Sep 11, 2017 6:00 PM ET
Baldcypress: King of the Swamp
Taxodium distichum Nowhere is a tree species so intertwined with a place as the baldcypress is with swamps. Beginning with the art and literature of early America, images of baldcypress trees have been used to portray mystery and melancholy in the watery lowlands. Native to the east...
Sep 6, 2017 11:00 AM ET
The Dish on Dirt: Why Soil Matters to Tree Health
Have you ever planted multiple trees or shrubs at the same time and noticed one variety flourishing while the other had no progress? There are numerous factors that can affect your plant health, one of which is soil. It’s easy to overlook soil health when planting, we become so caught up with tree care above ground that we forget what’s happening below ground is just as important....
Sep 1, 2017 8:00 AM ET
Washington Hawthorn: A Symbol of Hope
Crataegus phaenopyrum Native to the southeast U.S., the Washington hawthorn was first discovered by an unknown explorer and taken to England in the late 1600s. It was commercially grown in Georgetown and became popular around Washington D.C., its namesake. The Washington hawthorn was originally...
Aug 30, 2017 8:00 AM ET
Arbor Day Foundation Member Story: Larry Hobart
Know the joy of helping the worldto be a better place.Put a shovel in the ground,leave a tree your family can trace. Meet Larry. Poet, philosopher, gentleman, and Foundation member. His passion for life and making a difference in the world can be felt through his poems. Larry wrote the excerpt above, expressing his love of planting trees. “I like the...
Aug 28, 2017 8:00 AM ET

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