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Two years ago, on a whim, I joined the Arbor Day Foundation (www.arborday.org). With a ten-dollar membership fee I joined the Foundation and they sent me 10 native trees for the area. The trees all came in a nice package but were no more than a foot tall and bare-rooted. I thought, oh well, it was only 10 bucks.

Our daughters’ house (near the college they were attending) had no trees on the lot so I decided to split them up. I kept 4 of the trees for my yard and planted the other 6 in the girls’ yard.  Three of the four in my yard have grown to a height of 4-5 feet and are doing great. I did lose one which has since been replaced by a beautiful Magnolia tree. The girls, however, promptly mowed down all six trees within a matter of months after planting. Something tells me they were in the Saturday morning I-don’t-want-to-do-yard-work mode. They, too, shall learn one day.

The point of the story is this: If a person takes a little time to search and research, there is plenty of help available to create your outside oasis.  My advice is to take some time, ask questions, and learn from others. Learn how to plant a tree, build a retaining wall, or just learn the difference between annuals and perennials. It’s worth the time and effort.

Arbor Day Foundation [Website]


8 Responses to Arbor Day Foundation Trees

  1. Chris says:

    Bob, what area of the country do you live in, and what did they send you? And what’s that tree in the photo?


  2. gnume says:

    did you remember to loosen the soil well ?

  3. hmbemis says:

    This is a cool thought and all, but we’re past the point where they ship for the Spring… you should think about re-posting something like this in the early Fall to get people motivated.

    At the very least their “Tree Wizard” will help you pick out trees based on criteria you supply.

  4. Shawn says:

    I like the Arbor day foundation. When a friend’s father passed, I made a donation in his dad’s name – they plant trees on his behalf, so to speak. Kinda cool way to memorialize someone.

  5. george says:

    i’m all in favor of planting trees but where they are planted needs to be studied closer than folks do. i got an oak tree now tearing up my garage.

  6. Dr Bob says:

    I’m awaiting the arrival of mine – unfortunately, they always send what appear to be very small blue spruce and for unknown reasons, they don’t survive long in my soil/climate – it’s actually too hot here in MN in the summer for those little guys to make it.

    I think this year I’ll plant them in a shady area near the house where they can get lots of TLC and protection, then transplant them elsewhere after they get established.

  7. Old as Dirt says:

    I to joined the Arbor Society and thought the trees would never grow.Well I now have a River Birch that started out as a scrawny little tree. It is now at least 50 ft. tall. The two Maple trees and Oak tree unfortunately had to be taken down.

  8. Dave says:

    My gawd that grass is in bad shape.

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