Arbor Day is right around the corner—April 25 to be exact—and I can think of no better way to celebrate than to plant a tree. After all, the Chinese proverb of the best time to plant is as true today as it ever was…
- Volunteer to plant trees with KIB (come on, that’s just a given right?): Spend a Saturday with us tree’ing up Indy. Peruse our volunteer calendar to find the right opportunity for you!
- Plant your own tree, in your yard: Did you know landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent?! Not to mention all the other super cool benefits trees provide. We often get asked: What type of trees does KIB plant? What type of tree should I plant in my yard? Theses questions ARE mutually exclusive! We plant predominantly native trees (which we always encourage) that are the right tree for the area in which we plant. Here is a breakdown of what we planted last year:
That means we can’t answer that questions for you. The tree for your yard might not mean the same tree that we planted in a community greenspace. So do your homework, or better yet, ask a wizard! Arbor Day Foundation has created an awesome application that will help you in your tree search–meet the Tree Wizard. Answer a few questions then a list of the type of tree you should plant will be generated–it’s magic…
- Get a tree for FREE at the Indy Free Tree Giveaway: IPL and its partners will be giving away 1,000 oak trees on Arbor Day, Friday, April 26, at the annual Indy Free Tree event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monument Circle.
- Plant a tree in someone’s honor: Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? KIB has a cool program that lets you do just that. When you make a contribution of $100 or more to KIB, we will plant a tree and send a beautiful card to your recipient, to let them know that you’ve supported the planting of a tree in their honor, celebration, or in memory of a loved one. Check it out!
- Give thanks to a mature Indy tree: There are tons of majestic and awesome mature trees all over the city. Have you seen the Kile Oak in Irvington? Or the Temple Oak on the Eastside? Talk a walk around your neighborhood and be sure to look up and say thanks to our leafy friends.
- Curl up with a good book: All the best books are for kids—am I right? Spend Arbor Day sharing the importance of the The Giving Tree or the lessons of the Lorax with the special people in your life; you can them both at your local Indianapolis Public Library.
Do you have special plans for celebrating Arbor Day? Share them in the comments below…we are always on the look out for a cool wait to celebrate our fave holiday!