Thomas Fuller once said, “He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” National Arbor Day, a celebration of trees, falls on the last Friday in April in more than 30 states. The focus of the day is to plant trees and to recognize their important role in our lives.
Washington celebrates Arbor Day a little earlier, on the second Wednesday in April, so you have a double opportunity to celebrate the trees around us, on April 12 and April 28.
J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day 135 years ago. His idea was to set aside a special day for tree planting. The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission states, “We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” We are blessed with an abundance of trees here in Washington.
Here are six ways to celebrate Arbor Day here in Washington, either April 12 or 28 or both!
- First and most obvious–plant a tree! Plant in memory or celebration of a person or event, replace a dead or diseased tree, or add a decorative tree in your yard. Plant a fruit tree, perhaps. Make sure you take the climate and soil into consideration when choosing your tree. Take photos of your event and watch the growth over the years.
- Volunteer with Arbor Day events in your city. Tacoma holds a Parks Appreciation Day April 22 this year from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit the website to volunteer and for information.
- Choose a neighborhood park to clean up. Arm yourself with gloves, garbage bags, and tools. Recycle and dispose of trash as needed. Recruit family, neighbors, or friends to join you.
- Learn about tree identification with your kids. Start with the trees around your house. The Arbor Day Foundation has an interactive tree identification tool on its site.
- Read a book or short story about trees with the kids. Tree in the Trail by Holling Clancy Holling, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla, or Swiss Family Robinson (treehouse!) by Johann David Wyss. Check the local library for a huge variety of books on trees.
- Care for the trees on your property. During the long winter months, it’s easy to forget about the care and nurture of the trees around us. Take a closer look in April. See if dead wood needs to be removed or if pruning may be needed. Check for disease or winter damage. Call Family Tree Care (us) for professional and free estimates on needed work.
Family Tree Care encourages you to pick one or more items on this Arbor Day list to celebrate the trees around us. FTC owners Jay Brock and Johnny Marth are long-term Tacoma residents and take great pride in caring for our community’s tree needs. FTC specializes in tree removal and clean up, repairing storm damage, pruning, and beautification. As ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborists, they offer a high level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care. Family Tree Care serves the greater Tacoma, Lakewood and Puyallup areas and are bonded, licensed, and insured, so you know you’re in good hands.
For more information, contact Family Tree Care at (253) 234-GROW (4769) or schedule a free estimate.