On Friday, April 27, participants in the Green Macomb – Urban Forest Partnership and communities across the country will celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees or caring for local green spaces. While you’ve likely heard of Arbor Day or participated in a tree planting ceremony, you may not know that the founder of the holiday has roots here in Michigan. Julius Sterling Morton, who proposed the day in 1872 while working with the Nebraska Board of Agriculture, grew up in Metro Detroit. He also attended the University of Michigan. The impact of his Arbor Day idea is immeasurable. Since its founding 146 years ago, countless trees have been planted around the world. But even with these efforts, it is still important for individuals and communities to make further investments in their green canopies. Here’s why:
- Grow Your Investment
- Homes with trees sell two days faster than those without.
- Homes with trees see an increase in property value of up to 15 percent.
- Live Better
- Urban nature improves alertness and reduces mental fatigue in children, increasing academic success.
- Frequent exposure to trees and green landscapes help individuals recover from chronic, low-grade stress.
- Reduce Pollution
- Trees can reduce dangerous air pollutants by 15 percent, sulfur dioxide by 14 percent and nitrogen dioxide by eight percent.
- By removing particles from the air, trees reduce heart and lung disease and can save up to seven lives a year in big cities.
- Support Your Community
- The presence of trees improves residents’ perception of safety and promotes use of public spaces.
- By calming aggressive behaviors, trees can reduce violent crime by 56 percent and by signaling a home is cared for and likely monitored, trees can reduce property crime by 48 percent.
- Save Energy
- Three properly placed trees can reduce annual air conditioning costs by 56 percent.
- Trees can reduce home heating bills by 10 percent by serving as a windbreak from winter winds.
These reasons are why Macomb County is partnering with the Blue Water Conservation District to hold a Spring Tree and Plant Sale for the public. The event, which will take place Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at the Warren Civic Center, will feature young trees (including those that bear fruit), shrubs, berry bushes, wildflower seeds and other plants for sale at very reasonable costs ($8 – $20). Additionally, representatives from MSU Extension and the Blue Water Conservation District will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting guidance and tree care advice.
Now is the time to make an impact in the Macomb County community and on your own personal property by planting trees and greenery – so you won’t want to miss this event.
Please note: A limited stock of the aforementioned plants will be available at the Spring Sale. Please arrive early to purchase materials if you did not place a pre-order.
All aspects of Tree and Shrub Planting can be found on the Green Macomb – Urban Forest Partnership website at Green.Macombgov.org.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.