Happy Arbor Day

IMG 8534Interesting facts about Arbor Day

  • Each state has a different day of celebrating which coincides with the areas planting times
  • Hawaii celebrates in November and Alaska in May
  • Julius Sterling Morton created the holiday in April of 1872
  • Arbor Day became a legal holiday in April of 1885
  • Within 20 years of its origination, every state celebrated this holiday except for Delaware, which eventually joined in the celebration
  • Morton began the holiday after he and his bride moved to the west and settled on 160 acres of TREELESS land
  • We need trees........(bet you never heard that before)
  • Roadside trees reduce nearby indoor air pollution by more than 50%
  • Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction
  • Trees lower surface and air temperatures
  • Trees release oxygen and take in carbon dioxide, humans take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide
  • Trees are a good investment for the public dollar.....the mature street trees in Beverly Hills are worth $450 million
  • Trees increase the public dollar by providing cleaner air, lower energy costs, improved water quality, storm water control and increased property value
  • On the first Arbor Day in 1872, 1 million trees were planted

 

 

Now, what are you waiting for??? Go plant a tree!!

Ornamental Cabbage

Ornamental cabbage, also known as ornamental kale, looks just like the name……….a pretty head of cabbage.  This plant gets its color from the leaves just like the poinsettia.  The ornament cabbage has a very unique trait, the beautiful rosette foliage in the center changes color when the weather goes below 50 degrees. 

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Pruning a Crepe Myrtle the CORRECT WAY

                                                                                                  
Incorrect Priuning CM

 You all have seen the crepe myrtles that have a large tumor-like mass in the middle of the trunk. These masses come from incorrectly pruning the crepe myrtle by chopping the crepe myrtle off at the trunk instead of pruning the tree correctly.                                      

Pruning a crepe myrtle is pretty simple, the object being......to prune the tree by thinning out the branches and trunks to allow for air circulation and future growth.  To begin the pruning, start by removing the suckers at the base of the tree.  Next, move to the canopy of the tree.  You will want to step back take a good look at the tree and make a plan, don't just jump in and start cutting.  Decide what are branches and what are the trunks of the tree.  Crepe myrtles will grow multiple trunks so you need to decide which trunks you need to leave in order to maintain a good frame.  If you need to remove any trunks you will want to cut the trunk at the base of the tree as close as you can get to the soil.

 

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