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Time to plant more trees

Are you concerned about climate change? According to a recent EcoBeneficial article, the efforts of nations are critical to stemming climate change, but so are individual actions. Why not help trap carbon emissions, clean the air, cool the environment and decrease the impact of flooding in your own landscape. It’s easy-plant more plants, especially plants with extensive root systems, like trees.

Here are some of the ways in which trees improve environmental health: 1) Trees absorb carbon dioxide as well as other noxious gasses. Fifteen mature trees can offset the emissions from a family car driven 10,000 miles at 20 miles per gallon. 2) Trees clean the air. One mature tree can provide four people with a day’s worth of oxygen. 3) Trees are Mother Nature’s air conditioners. In a single summer day, the evaporation from one tree can equal the cooling effect of eight room-sized air conditioners. 4) Trees intercept rainfall, slow storm water runoff, help prevent soil erosion, and recharge groundwater. A single tree can store as much as 100 gallons of water.

As I walk round our property I am always scheming about how to get more trees planted. As I watched a small herd of deer walk through the Norway spruce trees today, I also know that if I plant small trees I will have to find a way to protect them. It’s time to get out my list of native plants and shrubs and start prioritizing. If you aren’t sure about what to plant, be sure to visit the ohioline website (www.ohioline.osu.edu) for a complete list of native plants and shrubs.

Another great website to refer to is the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program (http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu). If you are looking for a great read about native plants, then pick up “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas W. Tallamy. It provides an appendix of native plants with wildlife value and desirable landscaping attributes.

Have you ordered your seeds for the garden? I am getting overwhelmed by all the catalogs that are arriving.

If you are itching to talk about digging in the dirt, plan to attend the garden seminar on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. (room 107) at the Mt. Orab campus of Southern State Community College. This seminar is sponsored by the OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers and is free and open to the public. Susan Barber will be talking about designing and starting your garden. This seminar will be for beginners as well as “seasoned” gardeners. In case of bad weather, be sure to check Southern State College’s website (www.sscc.edu) in case of an early closing. If the facility is closed, the seminar will be cancelled.

Get out your garden journal this week and start planning! The countdown to spring is on!

Pawpaw Bloom
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_pawpaw.jpgPawpaw Bloom Submitted photo

By Faye Mahaffey

OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer

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