April 2018- We Are Diggin’ April

April is the time of year that the threat of snow and freezing temperatures give way to warmer, longer days. Although it is too early to start planting tender annuals, the soil is starting to warm up and become workable, making this the ideal time to plant trees. Spring blooming trees are a welcome sign of spring with their delicate and fragrant blooms, and many trees provide a firework display of color in the fall with their deep reds, oranges, and yellows. Trees not only add curb appeal to your home, they also provide shade, resulting in reduced cooling costs.

April 27th is Arbor Day which is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska and was first observed in 1872.  For more information on Arbor Day, visit: https://www.arborday.org/

Trees have long been a symbol of life and strength, its body rooted in the earth with its crown reaching for the sky. Planting or gifting a tree in honor of a loved one has become increasingly popular. Knowing the symbolism of a tree can help you choose the right tree to express your sentiment. Here are the symbolisms for a few of our favorite trees.

  Oak Tree~ The mighty oak stands tall through all things and is a symbol of strength and power.

  Japanese Maple~ Signifies great and peaceful blessings.

  Cherry Tree~ The blooming of a cherry tree is a symbol of love, affection, and romance.

  Ash Tree~ Symbolizes sacrifice and sensitivity.

  Apple Tree~ Symbolizes happiness, youth, and beauty

  Maple Tree~ Balance, wisdom, and promise.

  Pine Tree~ Symbolizes eternal life and reaching for the stars.

 

How To Plant A Tree

 

 Call national hotline 811 to locate underground utilities before digging!

  • Dig a hole 3 to 4 times wider than the roots. The hole should have sloping sides to allow for proper root growth.
  • Carefully remove the tree from the container keeping the soil around the roots intact.
  • Set the tree in the middle of the hole and avoid planting it too deep. The trunk should be slightly above ground level.
  • Then, fill in the hole with compost and soil. Level the tree by adding more fill if necessary.
  • Thoroughly water your new tree and keep the soil moist, not soggy the first year. A long, slow watering every 7-10 days is recommended.
  • Apply a layer of mulch to help retain moisture. Do apply mulch past the tree’s root collar.