Donating To Trees and a Guide To Grow At Home

Donating to Trees and Planting Guide:

 

Donating to trees isn't always about money. Volunteering to plant more trees is an effective way to save the environment.

Overview:

Trees are essential for the production of oxygen and cleansing of pollutants on the surface of the earth. Many trees are grown and harvested on designated farmland, however, most trees are cut down from natural ecosystems. For example, the Amazon Rain Forest. There are an estimated 5 to 42 million trees cut down every single day. It is vital to the health of the earth that people are donating to trees and the environment. 

Benefits:

The benefits of planting trees include: Supporting wildfire recovery, preventing climate change, and the removal of harmful chemicals from the atmosphere (which aids in better water and air quality across the globe). Trees  create habitats for creatures, and their roots help slow down erosion, allowing natural habitats to stay around for a very long time. 

Planting trees for climate change is the most important thing the human race can do. Planting trees pulls carbon out of the atmosphere to combat the formation of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in earth’s atmosphere. Higher global temperatures can result in rising sea levels and stronger storms that are already beginning to ravage our planet. Trees can cause the effects of climate change to be stopped, slowed, and reversed if action is taken now.

How to Help:

Donating to Trees Options:

Donating to Trees Through National Organizations:

Have a few spare dollars? Consider donating a few to organizations that help with environment reconstruction and ecosystem protection. A few dollars can help save the world, so here are a few of the best large-scale planting tree organizations. Take a look at each tree planting charity and its respective characteristics. Donating to trees will aid in environmental rebuilding.

1. The Nature Conservancy 

Recently, The Nature Conservancy has established a goal of planting 1 billion trees. The internet joined together in planting 20 million trees, a feat that was accomplished quickly and effectively. Planting 1 billion trees cannot be done alone and will require a lot of work, so consider donating to The Nature Conservancy to help reach the goal of 1 billion trees planted on earth.

The Nature Conservancy specializes in slowing and reverting climate change and its impacts. The organization protects over 119 million acres of land and miles of rivers and waterways from pollution. They have divisions for the sustainability of food and healthy cities that use green energy. As a result, The Nature Conservancy is one of the broadest nature organizations.

Donation Link Here: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/

2. National Forest Foundation

If you want to make a planting trees donation, the National Forest Foundation is a great place to look. The foundation has a goal of planting 50 million trees, a task that cannot be done on its own. The National Forest Foundation promises to plant one tree per one dollar donation.

The National Forest Foundation is open to collaborations with small businesses that want to make donations towards the protection and revitalization of forest (and other) ecosystems around the globe.

The Foundation also supports the creation of individual fundraisers to raise money for planting trees and saving ecosystems. *This means that a single person can make a big difference by spreading awareness through the creation of local and online fundraisers to support forest protection and repair.

Donation Link Here: https://www.nationalforests.org/get-involved/tree-planting-programs

3. Arbor Day Foundation

Arbor Day Foundation actually has a lot of tree planting programs. An example of a planting trees project that they supported was the planting 20 million trees project, which as of writing this article has grossed over 22 million total trees planted. As a result, The Foundation has created a Team Trees page and helps to organize tree planting projects across the globe in many different countries and states. 

The Arbor Day Foundation also has a tree nursery with over 200 different tree and shrub species at amazing prices that can be planted at home. Becoming a member can qualify a donator with 10 free trees and discounted prices on future purchases. 

Donation Link Here: https://shop.arborday.org/donate-now.aspx

Donating to Trees in Local Parks and Reserves:

Donating to local parks and reserves is a great idea if you would like to directly contribute to your community and have a direct impact on the parks near you.

Most regional parks and reserves will always have a website and a donation page that accepts credit card donations. If donating to a large scale foundation isn’t for you, or you would simply like to have a positive local impact, consider donating to local parks. Smaller parks can be owned by larger organizations, so extended research may be needed to find donation pages.

If your park of choice has a nature center or community center, it is always a good idea to take a trip there and ask staff or volunteers if you can make a donation. Many would be happy to help and accept aid in servicing the park they work at. 

Grow Trees at Home – A Planting Trees Guide:

Let’s say you’d want to take matters into your own hands and make a direct impact by planting a tree at home, or donating to trees is too difficult or expensive. Feel free to read through our “Planting Trees How To,” because you might learn a thing or two.

Planting Trees Cost – 

If you want to plant trees at the cheapest price possible, gathering seeds from nearby trees is a fun, rewarding, and easy way to grow some new friends for free. Make sure that the species you are planning to grow from seed is not an invasive species of tree or shrub, and that it is not harmful to wildlife in your area. Also, make sure that the tree you are planning to plant can survive the winter in your area.

If you are more interested in planting a tree the right way, or have bad luck keeping seedlings alive, consider buying trees from a greenhouse. Trees from greenhouses can be expensive, but they are healthy and kept free from disease or pests. Note that a 5-7 foot tall tree from a greenhouse can cost anywhere from $100-$300 dollars or more, depending on shipping costs, time of year, planting, and the tree species you wish to purchase.

One way to acquire trees for planting that are already a few feet tall is to look around your yard. Check between cracks and on the side of buildings to see if any seedlings have sprouted up from the ground, or ask neighbors if they have any that need to be removed. Relocating trees saves them from being cut down and stops them from growing roots that can damage driveways or fences. Most of the time you can get the trees for free, but make sure to always ask for permission when digging up trees that are not on your property!

Preparation – 

Here are some important things to remember before going off to plant some leafy friends at home:

1. Make sure it is okay with your landowner/township or city regulations. Planting a tree on your property should not be a problem, but it is important to check if you are unsure. 

2. Locate all underground utilities such as water and gas lines before you pick a spot to plant a tree. Keep in mind that tree roots can spread outward as far as the height of the tree you are planting, consequently causing roots to damage utility lines if they grow too rapidly.

(If unable to plant trees into the ground due to location or other issues, consider planting trees in pots. Make sure that the tree has a pot that is larger than its roots and has proper drainage. The tree will need to be regularly pruned to prevent it from outgrowing its pot. If the tree is small then it will be easier to maintain. A large tree will need maintenance much more often than a small tree.

Tips For Planting Trees – 

1. Dig a broad, wide, and shallow hole for planting seedlings. This will allow the tree to grow new roots as the soil will be aerated around the tree. Making a hole that is wide also makes it easier to position the tree in the best way possible .

2. If your tree arrives in a burlap sack or pot, remove its container before planting the tree in the ground. This will make it much easier for the tree to establish itself and produce new growth.

3. A light shake can remove dead leaves, branches, and hitchhikers, that way the tree will not be wasting energy trying to support dead sections (plant the tree firmly in the ground first). As a result, your tree will be much healthier in the long run. 

4. When planting, make sure the bottom of the trunk of the tree is slightly below the ground. Strong storms and wind can easily knock over non established trees, consequently causing damage.

5. Planting trees on a slope can be difficult, but it is sometimes unavoidable. When planting on a slope first create a flat planting surface by cutting into the uphill of the slope and moving the dirt to the downhill (creating a flat shelf for the tree to sit on).  It doesn’t have to be perfect, as the tree will plant roots to hold itself and the soil in place, but the flatter the land the better the results.

6. Make sure your tree(s) receive water at least once a week. Trees can easily dry out, causing its branches to become dry and brittle.

Conclusion to Planting and Donating to Trees- 

In conclusion, take care of your trees and they will take care of you. Healthy trees will provide better air quality, habitats, beautiful scenery, and more. Further, trees are a natural sound barrier that can dampen sounds coming from busy roads. If you are not able to plant trees at home, donating to trees and respective organizations is the next best thing. Together, we can create a healthier world.

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