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Plant a tree on Arbor Day

Georgia celebrate the tree-loving holiday today

POSTED: February 21, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Each state has its own Arbor Day depending on the best time to plant trees. Georgia’s best tree-planting times are November through March; so this year, Georgia celebrates Arbor Day today.

This day is a time to pause and recognize trees as an important part of our lives and communities. Trees have been celebrated by poets, environmentalists and plant enthusiasts for hundreds of years.

In the summer, trees cool us with their lush shade. In the winter, our skies are decorated with textured bronze and silver branches. In spring and autumn, you can count on beautifully colored buds on flowering trees and crunchy blankets of gold, orange and red foliage.

Civic and community groups across the state often plant trees in public spaces and parks to commemorate Arbor Day. Arbor Day was established in April 1872 by Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture to promote the planting and celebration of trees. Currently, all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day.

Trees are a vital part of our lives and communities. Without them in our landscapes, gardens would be stark and uninviting. Trees provide stability as a basic framework in the landscape. They provide structure and visual interest and most landscape needs trees to provide balance and harmony in the design. What would a park be without a beautiful allee anchored by trees on the left and right?

Trees also have many important advantages and benefits. We depend on the oxygen they provide. They provide shade, clean our air, connect and beautify our communities, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy, prevent soil erosion and more.

This Arbor Day, purchase a tree, or several of them, and plant them in honor of nature. Whether you like evergreens or trees with beautiful seasonal color throughout the year, there is a tree for fit for your yard. You can even plant one in a large container.

Celebrate Arbor Day in Gainesville this year at the new Don Carter State Park at 10 a.m. today. Say thank you to the trees that make Hall County our home.

Wanda Cannon serves as Master Gardener coordinator and horticulture assistant for the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Contact her at 770-535-8293 or wcannon@hallcounty.org. Her column appears biweekly and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.


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