55 Things to do #13: Plant a Tree for Arbor Day

Victory 55 Things - Plant a Tree for Arbor DayTrees matter here at Verrado. In fact, we have 17,065 trees, with 3.5 million square feet of canopy cover, attributing to 77.6 acres of shade throughout our community. In addition, there’s more than 584,000 pounds of CO2 sequestered each year, which is like taking 46 cars off the road. And aside from the environmental impact, recent studies prove that trees actually make us happier. It’s a win win.

We think it’s important to do our part in the conservation effort and want to get you involved. So in honor of Arbor Day, April 25, we thought we’d share some helpful tips on how to plant a tree.

Since the Palo Verde is our state tree, we feature it in our tree planting instructions. Plus, the Palo Verde blooms beautifully this time of year with magnificent flowers that are bright yellow and pea-like and attract important pollinators such as bees.

How to Plant a Tree

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1. Shovel
2. Potting Soil
3. Mulch
4. Palo Verde tree (partially grown small tree about 1-2ft)
5. Utility Knife

How to plant your Palo Verde:

1. Dig a hole that is about the same height as the pot that the tree was in.
2. Take the Palo Verde Tree out of its pot, either by cutting into the pot (please be careful not cut the roots of the tree) or by carefully digging the tree out of the pot. You may want to do this directly in the hole or right beside.
3. Lower the tree into the hole.
4. Fill the hole with soil, and lightly pat down the areas surrounding the base of the tree until it is level with the surrounding soil.
5. Water the tree after you have finished planting it. You can do this twice; letting the water seep down once and repeating.
6. Spread a layer of mulch around the base to prevent the soil from drying out.
7. Voilà! The planting process is complete!

There we go; simple as that. You don’t even need to be a gardening aficionado to plant a tree, but who knows, maybe this will inspire you to become one!

For more detailed information and care instructions for the Palo Verde, see this article from AZ Plant Lady.

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