Happy Arbor Day from your friends at All Turf Lawn Care! Arbor Day is the time of year that we get together to celebrate and plant trees, one of the more important resources on our planet! If you have ornamental trees in your yard, or are thinking about planting some, give All Turf a call. We provide our customers with specific shrub and ornamental plant services to help your yard and plants thrive all year long!
History of Arbor Day
The first American Arbor Day was created by J. Sterling Morton, a newspaperman turned civic leader, who resided in Nebraska City, NE in the late 1800s. Arbor Day began as a small town initiative that eventually grew into a statewide event. On April 10, 1872, Nebraska’s first Arbor Day, it was reported that an estimated one million trees were planted throughout the state by residents and schools. This later became a national holiday in 1882.
Arbor Day in Georgia
Although the last Friday of April is the nationally designated time for Arbor Day, individual states celebrate it during different times (January – May) according to their planting seasons. Georgia, for example, actually has it’s state Arbor Day on the third Friday in February. This is due to the Plant Hardiness Zones that separate our country by temperature into growing zones. Georgia is in zones 6-9. Most plants and ornamental trees that you may buy at a nursery have tags on them with suggested growing zones. When you go to pick up a new tree or sapling to plant this month, be sure to check which zone it prefers in relation to what zone you live in.
What type of trees are you planning to plant in your yard this Arbor Day? If you’re not sure, check out some of these species that grow well throughout the entire state of Georgia (via UGA Landscape Extension):
- TRIDENT MAPLE (Acer buergerianum)
- JAPANESE MAPLE (Acer palmatum)
- AMERICAN HORNBEAM (Carpinus caroliniana)
- EASTERN REDBUD (Cercis canadensis)
- CHINESE FRINGE TREE (Chionanthus retusus)
- FLOWERING DOGWOOD (Cornus florida)
- GREENLEAF HOLLY a.k.a. ‘Greenleaf’ (Ilex opaca)
- COMMON CRAPEMYRTLE (Lagerstroemia indica)
- JAPANESE MAGNOLIA (Magnolia soulangiana)
- WEEPING WILLOW (Salix babylonica)
Comments or questions? Please contact our friendly All Turf Lawn Care experts today and find out how we can improve the health and look of your shrubs and ornamental trees. Also, please visit our website and get a FREE estimate on our lawn care services!