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Arbor Day trees

January 12, 2018
By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Planting a tree for the national Arbor Day celebration is a good plan. In this area of Florida, we could plant quite a few trees this year.

Arbor Day is a national holiday on Friday, April 27.

Florida has its own state holiday date, Friday, Jan. 19.

The need for planting more trees originated in 1854, when J. Sterling Morton moved from Chicago to Nebraska. This windswept part of the country was in need of trees to steady the soil, shade from the hot sun and windbreakers as the pioneers settled the land.

The tree plantings proved successful and in 1872 he proposed a holiday for planting trees, called Arbor Day.

Arbor Day was declared a legal holiday, to be celebrated on April 22, in 1885. That date just happened to be Mr. Morton's birthday. In 1989, the holiday date was officially changed once more to the last Friday of April.

A national holiday is great, however when it comes to agriculture and planting, a lot of different climates have to be taken into consideration and maybe even some birthday dates, who knows.

Alaska does May and Texas celebrates in November. Florida celebrates the holiday the third Friday of January, this year the 19th. It may seem like the wrong time of year for trees, however a dormant tree in the early 1900s may have been best.

You may plant any type of tree suitable for your space and climate. In fact, the Arbor Day Foundation will help you by sending you free trees of your choice, to you or to anyone or place you request. They honor grandchildren and birthdays. Creative gifting.

The foundation does want you as a member and there are various levels to consider.

A modest $10 will provide 10 young seedlings of your choice, of course, providing your choice is available. I have seen this happen in this area. I am not aware of any new seedlings in the Cape this year, but there may be some.

To become a member and see what they offer and the vast area of places you can send a donation to is amazing. They are also a great source of information for planting, pruning and identifying trees.

According to the foundation, approximately 5 million trees per year are planted in the America's forests every year.

Garden clubs pass the jar for change at meetings to donate money. The jar has been passed for special donations of change when a Florida area has lost acres of forest because of fire.

We have a few tree huggers for sure.

Remember right tree, right place.

Keep warm till we meet again.

H.I. Jean Shields is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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