I recently received an email from the Rhode Island Tree Council about celebrating Arbor Day. To mark the occasion, volunteers will plant 100 trees which will eventually form a welcome green canopy at the entrance to Ninigret Park. The event is being sponsored by the local power company, which I think is great.
Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, but Rhode Island didn’t start observing it until 1891. World War II put an end to Arbor Day festivities in RI, and it wasn’t until the 1990s that the RI Tree Council revived the tradition.
Anything that gets people to show more love and respect for trees gets my vote. In addition to planting trees, I think we could also honor them by pruning them properly – NEVER topping, planting them in the right places to they can reach their gorgeous potential without interfering with power lines and buildings, and by keeping that horrendously overused mulch AWAY from the trunk and making sure the root flare in exposed to the air so the poor tree can breathe already!
Official Arbor Day is May 7, but here in RI, it will be celebrated on April 29.