Plant a Tree-
A TREE PLANTING is a great way to beautify your yard and neighborhood. When you decide to plant a tree invite the neighbors, especially the kids, to learn how its done. Find a friendly neighborhood landscaper and have her help you. They might be willing to donate the time for the chance of making future business contacts.
CHOOSING A TREE - Choose a tree that is indigenous to the area where you live. Next it is helpful to choose a tree that thrives under the conditions that your site provides, Is your site rocky, flat, on a slope, wet, etc? Your state conservation department can help with this information.
CHOOSING A SITE - The small tree you plant will grow. You should know how large it will get. Will the branches reach power lines? Will a limb eventually hang over your house? Will the roots buckle your sidewalk or effect your foundation? Ask a local nursery.
LANDSCAPING PLAN - Look into state backyard wildlife programs through your conservation departments. Check out Landscaping with Native Plants on the Wild Ones site or see the story of the Urban Wilderness on this site.
TREE PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS - Go here for the Missouri Department of Conservation tree planting instructions. You can download instructions from their site.
The following procedures are optional:
These procedures may be used for planting in relatively uncompacted soils, or where water will percolate through the topsoil layer.
SPECIAL TREE PLANTING-
Come to a block ceremonial tree planting in front of
Especially for children and those interested in learning how to plant and care for a tree.
Landscaper Les Cline will be on hand to talk about the planting. If each child would bring piece of natural fiber string or yarn (6"-8" in length), they may hang it on the tree. It is a way of taking part, wishing the tree well and supplying birds with nesting material If it can be arranged, we will sing a song together.
For further information call Marty at 361-1230.
SAMPLE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSLETTER ARTICLE
TREE PLANTING BRINGS BLOCK TOGETHER, INSTRUCTS CHILDREN
The 5600 Block of Charlotte gathered around a tree planting while Les Cline of Teachers Landscaping told neighbors how to plant a tree and answered questions. The children got to help dig the hole with small shovels and fill it in after the tree was set. Everyone was invited to hang short lengths of natural fiber yarn on the branches as a welcome to the tree and for nest building birds to use in construction. For information on how to organize a community tree planting on your block call Heartland All Species Project at 361-1230.
(Another place to plant and enjoy trees in Kansas City is at the Heart Forest.)