|Celebrate Arbor Day in Iowa by Planting Trees|
|News Releases - Environment & Weather|
|Written by Arbor Day Foundation|
|Monday, 25 April 2011 12:27|
Before you get started, you want to make sure you’re planting the right tree in the right place. A tree serves many purposes. It is wise to first determine which functions are most important to you when selecting a new tree to plant.
The main functions of a tree are:
Once you determine the tree’s function, you need to pick the best spot to plant it. To help ensure that you plant the right tree in the right place, there are a few things to consider:
Before you plant, you should also discover which trees grow best in Iowa. To do so, consult the Arbor Day Foundation’s Hardiness Zone Map at www.arborday.org/treeinfo, or contact a local nursery or arborist.
Once you’ve determined the function of your tree and which species you’d like, you’re ready to plant. You must take special care of your tree during planting time to ensure that it will grow healthy and strong.
When planting a containerized tree, there are six steps you need to take.
1. Call before you dig. Call the 811 hotline to have underground utilities located.
Planting instructions for bare-root trees and ball and burlap trees can be found at http://www.arborday.org/trees/
Americans have been planting trees on Arbor Day since 1872. Nebraska City, Neb., resident, civic leader and agriculturist J. Sterling Morton urged Nebraskans to “set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” The tree-planting holiday was so popular that by 1920, more than 45 states and U.S. territories annually celebrated Arbor Day. Today, the tree-planters’ holiday is observed in all 50 states and in many countries around the world.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
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