It’s almost never a bad idea to plant a tree. It can help mitigate pollution, shade a house, cleanse runoff and provide cover for wildlife.
But you can plant a tree incorrectly, placing it too close to your house or failing to guard the roots from air exposure.
That’s why we bring you this video made by the Tennessee Environmental Council, which held a mad dash to plant 50,000 trees across the state on March 14, 2015.
The project, backed by several environmental and conservation groups, provided residents with free seedlings, which must be handled with care so the tree can get a good start in the ground.
Here John McFadden, CEO of the TEC, shows us how to properly plant a bare root seeding.
The Tennessee planting effort gave away seedings at dozens of locations set up in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and many smaller towns. The seedlings distributed were hardy natives such as redbuds, shumard oak and Virginia Pine.
Organizations supporting 50K Tree Day included: The Tennessee Environmental Council, Cumberland River Compact, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperative, Mill Creek Watershed Association, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, Tennessee Department of Agriculture – Division of Forestry, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Stormwater Association, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Whites Creek Watershed Alliance, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, National Wildlife Federation, Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, Tennessee’s Wild Side