Dig Hole, Add Free Tree, Water

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Every year since 1872, Arbor Day is celebrated nationally on the last Friday in April. Yet each state has its own Arbor Day, one that coincides with the best tree planting time for that state’s climate.

While scanning the web today, I found an informative Arbor Day Blog from GreenPacks.org that lists the optimal planting time per local climate, and even each state’s official tree to be planted.

Before you start digging that hole, aren’t you wondering where to get the tree? The Arbor Day Foundation has you covered. Visit their site, become a member with a nominal donation and they will mail you ten trees ready to go in the ground.

That sounds great for suburbanites, but what about those of us living in the city? Not to worry, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant ten trees in your honor in a forest of need.

While your waiting for your special delivery, you may want to leaf through this collection of ScienCentral videos about trees:

Gasoline From Trees
Scientists have found a way to convert wood fiber from trees into fuel for your car. The surprisingly simple process might put biofuels in your car’s tank without using the world’s food supply.

Trees and Forests Show Stress From Global Warming
When we bring a tree into the living room for the holidays we know it will lose needles. But, this season millions of trees still in the forest are losing needles, leaves – and their lives — at the hands of beetles.

Scientists In Trees
Scientists in a 28-story-high crane are getting an up-close and personal view of how trees that are hundreds of years old grow and reproduce. In the process, they’re finding new clues about global warming.

Homegrown Fuel
Efforts to grow our own fuels by adding ethanol to the tank are already putting pressure on corn crops. Now some researchers say they have a way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil — and on foreign wood and paper products.

Christmas Tree Threat
Did you find the perfect tree this Christmas? If it was a Fraser fir, consider yourself lucky. One of America’s favorite Christmas trees is under attack… by a fungus.

Tree Thief
Research geneticists at Purdue University used DNA evidence from a tree to solve a rustling case.


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