Planting Trees: A Green Party to Remember!

Planting Trees: A Green Party to Remember!

I have a confession to make: I am absolutely obsessed with trees! Their majestic presence, the way they beautify our planet, and their essential role in sustaining life have always fascinated me. So, when I had the opportunity to participate in the annual tree planting event organized by 10,000 Trees for the Rouge, I was overjoyed!

Now, I must admit that I wasn’t exactly blessed with a green thumb. Most plants that enter my condo tend to meet an unfortunate fate. However, I was confident that with the expertise of this group – who have planted a staggering 180,000 trees over the past 25 years – I could learn a thing or two. As luck would have it, one of their experienced tree planting managers took me under his wing for the day.

Armed with buckets and shovels, we ventured to Milne Dam Conservation Park. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement, smiles stretching from ear to ear. Families, friends, community leaders, and scout troops all eagerly gathered, adding up to around 2,000 enthusiastic planters ready to get their hands dirty!

As a newbie, Cameron graciously guided me through the tree planting process. First things first, we had to choose our tree. There was an impressive variety to select from, as the organization typically purchases 15-20 different species from local suppliers within a 200 km radius. These trees were carefully chosen by a registered forester, who analyzed the soil to ensure the best match for the area.

Our initial pick was a cottonwood tree. These trees tend to grow magnificently large but have a relatively short lifespan of around 30 years. After choosing our tree, we dug a hole that was approximately twice the size of its roots. With the tree securely placed in the hole, we carefully filled it with soil, making sure to leave a little space around the collar (the bulge near the bottom) to prevent rotting. It was crucial to break up the soil gently, avoiding any potential damage to the tree’s roots.

Planting Trees: A Green Party to Remember!

Next came the hilling process: building a small moat around the base of the tree to help it retain water. This step was my favorite, as it felt like we were creating a cozy home for our little tree! To protect it from hungry rodents, we added a tree guard. Lastly, we gave the tree a generous amount of water to kickstart its new, happy life.

The experience was so rewarding that we couldn’t resist planting another tree before leaving. To showcase our provincial pride, we planted Ontario’s official tree: the eastern white pine!

Our day of tree planting was truly memorable, spent with both old and new friends. 10,000 Trees for the Rouge is a not-for-profit charitable organization, relying heavily on volunteers and donations to restore the wildlife habitat in the Rouge Valley. It felt amazing to reconnect with nature, connect with like-minded individuals, and contribute to such a noble cause. We must remember that the existence of trees is intimately tied to our own survival. They not only provide us with oxygen but also absorb the harmful greenhouse gases we release into the air. Moreover, they silently weave themselves into the fabric of our fondest memories.

If you share my love for trees and want to learn more about tree planting, head over to Tips Tree Planting. It’s a fantastic resource filled with tips and advice to help you nurture and grow your own green oasis. Let’s unite and make our planet greener, one tree at a time!

Remember, every tree we plant is a gift to future generations, an investment in a better, more sustainable world. So, grab your shovels, join the tree planting party, and let’s make nature thrive together!

Together, we can make a difference.

Let’s plant trees and save the world!