Tree Cheers for OAKtober!
Oaks know no borders. For that reason we celebrated OAKtober with our Illinois friends this weekend. Illinois has designated October as Oak Awareness Month and for good reason. They provide many benefits including reducing air pollutants, collecting storm water which cleans our rivers, cools our cities, and of course, provide beauty.
Another extremely important benefit of oaks is the amount of wildlife that they support. They play host to insects that provide food for birds and other wildlife. In fact, the plant genus Quercus, or oaks, host more than 550 species of butterflies and moths, more than any other genus. For a list of the top trees and plants that attract Butterflies check out this link: http://www.wildones.org/download/NativeCaterpillarsMothsButterflies&HostNativeWoodies.pdf In honor of OAKtober, our friends at Possibility Place Nursery in Monee, Illinois donated 20 bur oaks (Quercus macrocarp) to our planting in the Chapel Glen neighborhood on Saturday, October 29, 2016. More than 60 volunteers showed up to help us plant 45 trees and learn about the importance of oaks.
There are 18 species of oaks that are native to Indiana. The oaks donated by Possibility Place will help to replace ash trees that were killed by the emerald ash borer. Along with the oaks, volunteers planted, tuliptrees, buckeyes, aspen, sycamore, elms and bald cypress. Tree-cheers for oaks!