Twig Tips by Jodie

Posted on April 26, 2019 by jo


Monday was Earth Day, I want to do a good job for Mother Nature and once again encourage my readers to think seriously about planting a new tree this spring (am I beginning to sound like a broken record?)  I was at a lecture this winter and heard the word Treevangelist.....I did a little investigative work and found out there are a couple of folks out there in social media that use this term so I'm not sure who came up with it.  Another word for someone who loves trees is Tree Hugger, but it seems to have some negative political implications for whatever reason.  I think most people should like this new word, I know I do and I wouldn't mind being included in the group referred to as Treevangelists.  It seems I have loved trees as long as I can remember. I chose the Forestry project many years ago in 4-H and did my first leaf collection when I was very young. When choosing a field of study at Purdue, it was going to be trees or animals, obviously trees won. And now, after years of being in the landscaping business, I truly believe that trees are THE most important part of any landscape.  No matter how much money and resources are thrown at a landscaping project, they all fall short of true beauty to me if there are no key trees.  And by key trees, I mean the right tree in the right place. Planted correctly. So they live. For a LONG time. Mother Nature seems to know how to do that quite well, us humans seem to falter at times when deciding where to put a tree and what kind of tree to plant.  And we mess around with their root systems, growing them in nurseries and then transplanting them.  The fastest growing trees seem to be the ones that come up from seed and develop their root systems as nature intended. We do the best we can, and have more successes than failures.  I strive to give my customers the best advice possible and sell them the healthiest trees possible so that they can enjoy their tree for years to come.

So.....I will get into tree selection and proper planting techniques in future Twig Tips but in order to convince you that you need to plant a tree this spring, I have made a list of Top Ten Reasons to Plant a Tree.

1) Provide shade Yes, you need it.  Thank me when your electric bill is reduced and you spend less $ on sunscreen.

2) Block the wind Thank me again when your heating bill goes down and your shingles stay where they belong.

3) Provide privacy Thank me when you don't have to see what's going on in your neighbors back yard.  And they don't see what's going on in yours :-)

4) Add beauty Thank me when you are enjoying the spring blooms and fall color.

5) Increase your property value Thank me when you sell your property because someone loved the beautiful maple that shades your patio.

6) Feed da birds Thank me when you see hundreds of robins in your hawthorn tree in February.

7) Reduce pollution Thank me when you can breathe easier and drink clean water (ok, that might be stretching it a bit but it does help!)

8) Save water Thank me when your city water bill goes down because a shaded lawn uses much less water.

9) Provide food Thank me when you are chowing down on those delicious apples and nuts.

10) Prevent soil erosion Thank me when your hillside stays put and doesn't end up in the lake after that very big rainstorm.

Have I convinced you yet?  I hope so.  Come see me this spring, I will help you pick one out! Nothing would make me happier, being the Treevangelist that I am.

Off to plant a new tree to hug........Jodie





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