Spring has finally decided to make an appearance, and I’m cool with the showers it’s laying on us, ’cause we all know that water brings flowers, flowers, flowers!
And trees! Don’t forget about the trees. I hope that most of you see trees every day at some point, but we rarely pay attention to who is tending to them.
My dad became a Citizen Pruner two years ago, introducing me to the program. It’s a band of hearty NY volunteers who learn how to care for the city’s trees. You can register here to take the course this spring and become a Citizen Pruner. It’s a super cool program, and a great group of people involved.
This has made me think more seriously about the trees of NYC. While I don’t have time to become a CP at the moment, I do have time to adopt a tree. Which is exactly what I did.
That’s my tree. I adopted it here. The notion of adopting trees is “to ensure that newly planted trees receive the water and care needed to thrive in the urban environment.” (Taken from the Trees New York website).
My tree is right outside my house, and I can check on it from my bedroom window. On Saturday, I decided to beautify it with some flowers. When it isn’t the rainy season, it’s so important to water the trees. If the plants are wilting, it means your tree is also thirsty. And anyway, flowers make everything more lovely.
(Ugly sadness, with bonus old lemon. GROSS.)
(Getting there. Geranium goodness is making this somber plot much brighter.)
Look at my pretty tree!
I hope you New Yorkers will be inspired to adopt your own tree. And to tree lovers everywhere, just remember the trees need us as much as we need them!