Choose and Plant Trees & Shrubs

One of the simplest and most valuable environmental projects is replacing lawn and planting eroding areas with locally native trees, shrubs and perennial plants. The root systems of trees and shrubs hold soil in place and slow and capture rainwater; even smaller woodlands act like sponges, absorbing pollutants and filtering runoff before it reaches rivers, streams and drinking water. Trees produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and pollutants and improve air quality, and can provide significant energy savings when strategically planted. The structure, leaves, flowers, seeds, berries and other fruits of trees and shrubs provide food, shelter, nesting sites and safe migration paths for a variety of wildlife. Anyone can plant a tree or shrub, but it’s important to plant it correctly! Proper planning and planting is critical to the success of your project! Follow the tips and instructions below to learn how to choose native trees and shrubs that match your site conditions and goals, how to prepare your site, and instructions on planting.

Planting native shrubs on Cutts Island

Before You Start

Design and Preparation

Implementation

Maintenance

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