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This is Bruce the Blue Spruce, a tree my little ‘farm’.

One of my favorite things to do in spring is planting a tree or two. My childhood was surrounded by trees. That’s probably why I love them so much. They were my friends when I didn’t have anyone to play with, they were my listener when no one else would listen, and they were my entertainment when I didn’t want to watch TV.

No, I’m not a major tree hugger. But I do want to do my part. In fact, on my vision board, I have a ‘tree farm’. About five years ago I started my own little baby tree farm in our backyard. I bought pots, dirt, and saplings of Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Pine, Sugar Maples, and Burr Oak. There has been so much joy in watching are caring for my tree babies. In the Spring I would sell them for a discount. So much fun!

Tree facts and benefits

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Trees have many benefits, they reduce air pollution, enrich habitats, bring beauty to the eye, they shelter us, and comfort us in many ways. I got the book, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Oh my goodness, so interesting! Did you know trees communicate with others through their root system? That they ‘scream’ when they need water? If you have an interest in trees or are curious about them, this is a great find to read.

There are about 3 to 6 billion trees cut down globally per year. That’s a lot of trees! No wonder our atmosphere is so polluted. Mahatma Gandhi has a valid point, “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”  

4 tips with trees:

  • Plant a tree to represent an important time in your life. You’ll take better care of it knowing there is symbolism behind it.
  • When planting a tree in the ground, make sure to dig a wide hole and only as deep as the pot. Carefully remove the tree from the pot and spread out the roots. Cover with dirt and then a 2-inch layer of mulch. Water the tree every day for two weeks. And wrap the trunk in the cold winter months to protect it from sunscald and rodents. Do this until it’s big enough to thrive on its own, probably when the trunk is at a 4-5 inch diameter.
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  • Don’t know where to get a tree? Try a local nursery and opt for native trees, trees that thrive in their environment. For instance, White Spruce is a native tree to Michigan, but Blue Spruce is native to Colorado. Your local conservation office should have trees to buy. You can also get a tree on Amazon! Seriously, you can get a Sugar Maple.
  • Go to the Arbor Foundation for trees to purchase, or you can make a small donation and they’ll send you free trees as a thank you. They have loads of information in caring for your tree.

Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.” – Lord Orrery, 1749

Let’s make the world a better place for ourselves and future generations.

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