5 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Love a Tree Day

What’s not to love about trees? May 16 marks National Love a Tree Day, which gives everyone a chance to get out and appreciate the beauty of our arboreal friends.

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Photo Credit: By The Angels 2010 CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

You probably know about the largest living tree: situated in the Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, the General Sherman tree, a giant sequoia, is the largest living organism, by volume, on our planet. It is 2,100 years old, weighs an estimated 2.7 million pounds, stands 275 feet tall and is 100 feet wide at its trunk. Pretty impressive!

But you don’t have to travel to California to appreciate trees – in fact, they are everywhere!  Whether they are coniferous or deciduous, they provide food, shelter and building material. They help keep the soil from eroding, block traffic noise and create shade.  In the winter, evergreens provide shelter and protection for animals and keep houses warmer by blocking wind. In the summer, trees help cool the hot city by making shade and holding moisture.

Here are five ways to celebrate May 16, National Love a Tree Day:

1.  Hug A Tree

Just get out and embrace your favorite tree, or maybe the closest tree.  Wrap your arms around its trunk to feel its strength, and if any curious passersby or neighbors want to know what you are doing, you can let them know all about Love A Tree Day and invite them to join you. And you can tell them all about the benefits of tree-hugging. In his book “Blinded by Science,” Matthew Silverstone sets out to prove that trees have numerous health benefits for humans, including improving concentration levels, depression and stress. According to Silverstone, trees can also help alleviate headaches.

 2.  Get to Know Local Trees

Wherever you live, there are probably trees in your area. Take a close look at a few. Are they all the same? Do they have a round tops, or are they tall and skinny?  How about the bark? What is its color and texture? Is it scaly or smooth? How about the buds or flowers? Examine the color and shape of the leaves. Are they flat or needle-shaped? Are they in one piece or do they have leaflets? You can also make leaf rubbings and use them to study leaf structure. There are so many amazing variations in trees.

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3.  Adopt A Tree

Choose a favorite tree you can visit often and make it your own. There are many special secrets to learn about your tree: you can measure its trunk, figure out how tall it is and how wide its branches spread. You can make bark rubbings, smell its flowers and gather its seeds. Take a photo of your tree every week or every month, and put the pictures in a series to see how it changes over the course of a year. If something interesting happens, like a big snow or a wind storm, go to your tree and see how it was affected. And don’t forget to give your tree a nice, long drink. Watering a tree means soaking the root system.  

4.  Plant A Tree

Planting trees is excellent for the environment, since trees absorb carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. You’ll feel great about beautifying your neighborhood and providing shade, as well as a home for birds and animals. Not sure what type of tree to plant, or where to locate it? Start by going to your local nursery or gardening center and talking to the experts there. Of course, take good care of your tree and don’t forget to water it.

5.  This Year, Have A Living Christmas Tree

If you celebrate Christmas and usually buy or cut down a fresh tree every year, consider getting a living Christmas tree this year. After the holidays, you can plant it in the ground or keep it in its pot and use it again next year. You can even donate it to a plant-a-tree organization. Living trees are becoming a popular choice for environmentally-conscious Christmas celebrators.

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Photo Credit: Joe Baker

Trees provide homes for all kinds of creatures, including birds. I’m thrilled that a pair of Nuttall’s woodpeckers has drilled a hole for a nest at the very top of the bay laurel tree outside my office window, and now they are raising their family there.

Why are you thankful for trees? How will you celebrate them on National Love a Tree Day? Leave a comment below.

 

175 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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federico bortoletto
federico bortoletto11 months ago

Amo gli alberi!!!

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Joon m.
Past Member 12 months ago

Your website is terribly informative and your articles are wonderful.hire someone to write a research paper

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Philip Watling
Philip Watling12 months ago

In my garden I have planted an apple tree and the fruit is lovely. I did more though. On December 9th 1994 I was hit by a car and killed. On December 9th 1995 I had a party to celebrate my miraculous life and three beech trees were planted where my parents live: one for each of my three hospitals, planted by people from those hospitals! See my inspiring book, Flight of a Lifetime, on http://ow.ly/DKc3l

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Georgina Elizab McAlliste
.about a year ago

I am a Tree Hugger and proud of it too.Trees give us so much .

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Chris P.
Chris Pabout a year ago

I love trees and respect them, not only for their beauty and shade, but for their uses in our lives.

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suzie c.
suzie cabout a year ago

Thanks

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Have always had trees and shrubs in my gardens. Thank you for caring and sharing.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Wabout a year ago

A lot of ancient trees were lost in the terrible bush in the horrible bush fires in Tasmania's wild fires in the National Heritage Parks this summer, some thousands of years old. Trees that can never be replaced. Thank you from caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Wabout a year ago

just love all trees Thank you for caring and sharing.

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