TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway – Austin N. Lamar

TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway Day

Please Note: this event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7th

TreeFolks will be giving away saplings on Saturday October 24th Saturday, November 7th from 10am to Noon as a part of our Austin North Lamar store’s “Coming Home and Giving Back” reopening celebration. TreeFolks, a group dedicated to growing Austin’s urban forests, will be offering ‘Bubba’ Desert Willow and Arizona Cypress saplings for planting. You can also enter a drawing to win a six foot, container grown Asian Pear.

Desert Willow by Robert O’Brien

Desert Willow by Robert O’Brien

Across the country Arbor Day is usually a Springtime event, but here in Central Texas Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. Cooler weather gives trees a chance to develop their root systems before being blasted by the summer heat. Why plant trees when we often seem to be living under the threat of drought? First of all, these trees are natives and have been chosen for their drought and heat tolerance. They will need to be watered – about one and a half gallons a week – but this amount can be easily captured from your morning shower or veggie washing water. Secondly, when it does rain, these trees provide a net gain for the water cycle, helping to recharge ground water and to slow and clean runoff.

Arizona Cypress by Robert O’Brien

Arizona Cypress by Robert O’Brien

Trees are also vital in reducing the urban heat island effect. On a hot summer day, streets, roofs and parking lots can be 50 to 90 degrees hotter than the air, while shaded surfaces remain close to air temperature. All these super-heated streets and parking lots can increase average temperatures within the city by as much as five degrees Fahrenheit. Strategically planting trees to shade streets, sidewalks and roofs is one of the best ways to help keep our city cooler.

Since 1989, TreeFolks volunteers have been planting trees in the Austin schools, parks, medians, rights of way, community gardens and greenbelts These trees help preserve Austin’s quality of life by cooling the air, cleaning precious water and providing an urban forest that keeps Austin green and in touch with the natural world. TreeFolks has also been taking part in the restoration of the pine forests at Bastrop State Park in the wake of the devastating fires in 2011. Earlier in 2014, they planted their 1,000,000th tree! To learn more about their volunteer programs, classes and sapling giveaways visit the TreeFolks website.

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