How to Celebrate National Arbor Day 2021
Arbor Day is a national holiday of the United States dedicated to trees which is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Many other countries also celebrate though the date of observance varies based on the planting season of each country. This year the USA will celebrate Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 30.
According to history.com, Arbor day got its start from journalist and landowner Julius Sterling Morton of Nebraska City. On January 7, 1872, Morton “. . .proposed a day that would encourage all Nebraskans to plant trees in their community. The agriculture board agreed, and after some back-and-forth about the title—the event was originally going to be called “Sylvan Day” in reference to forest trees—Morton convinced everyone that the day should reflect the appreciation of all trees, and “Arbor Day” was born.”
The article cites the roaring support President Theodore Roosevelt provided for the new holiday. To a group of schoolchildren, he said, “It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetimes the Nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed.”
The Arbor Day Foundation encourages people to celebrate trees by planting and supporting tree nurseries in their local communities.
Keeping reading below to find everything you need to make the world a little bit more green this Arbor Day.
1. A Tree to Plant.
First of all, you will need a tree to plant. Your local tree nursery is a great place to start, but you can also find saplings for sale online.
The tree pictured above is a mandarin orange tree, which may or may not thrive in your climate, depending on where you live.
2. Some Sun Protection.
You need to protect both your skin and eyes from the sun while you’re planting. A wide-brimmed sun hat may also help keep the heat manageable, depending on how the weather fares this Arbor Day.
Sunscreen and sunglasses might also prove helpful.
3. A shovel.
This 46.5 inch Fiberglass Handle Digging Shovel with Comfort Step is perfect for tree panting.
It has a durable tempered steel blade with a rounded point and a footstep for comfort and control.
4. A guide to tree planting.
This HGTV guide on how to plant a tree will be your new best friend for the day.
5. Garden hose.
The Handsome Brands 50ft Expandable Garden Hose with Brass Fittings is both lightweight and incredibly durable, making it a great option for your garden and lawn.
This hose is 50ft long, made of heavy-duty double-layered latex at the core. It’s 50% less heavy than other hoses and it will not twist, tangle or kink.
6. Mulch and/or compost
Trees need to eat too, and their nutrients come from the soil. Compost and/or mulch will help give your newly planted tree its best shot to grow.
This mulch helps soil retain moisture and stops the growth of weeds while protecting plants from both cold and hot temperature extremes.