Davidson Middle School Learns Importance of Planting Trees

Davidson Middle School students spent time outdoors in late January learning about their environment. Molly Huffman, Florida Farm Bureau, invited several members of the Master Gardeners, Forestry Division and Florida Farm Bureau Board of Directors to come to Davidson Middle School to teach the students how to properly plant trees and care for them.  

Students had the opportunity to actually plant trees on the Davidson campus while learning firsthand the importance of planting trees.

According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, there are many reasons to plant trees:

  1. Trees conserve energy in the summer, and save you money. Properly planted trees can cut your air-conditioning costs by 15-35%.
  2. Trees help clear the air. Trees produce the oxygen we breathe, and reduce air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.
  3. Trees bring songbirds close by. Birdsong will fill the air as trees provide nesting sites, food, and cover for countless species.
  4. Trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15% or more.
  5. Trees help clean our rivers and streams. Trees hold the soil in place and reduce polluted runoff into our waterways.
  6. Trees conserve energy in the winter. Trees can slow cold winter winds, and can cut your heating costs 10-20%.
  7. Trees fight global warming. As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the major contributor to global warming.
  8. Trees make your home, and your neighborhood, more beautiful.
  9. It’s easy, and fun!

National Arbor Day is April 27th but the State of Florida celebrated Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. State dates are determined according to their best tree-planting times.

For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website at http://www.arborday.org.