February   | 2018
Winter Checklist
The winter season has many opportunities to warm our tree-lovin' hearts. Whether you have inches of snow or cool, rainy weather.. American Grove is your favorite resource for winter tree care, our favorite groundhog Phil "Weather Prophet Extraordinare'' has seen his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. Many have begun a journey of rejuvenated health in the new year.  While practicing new techniques for self care, lets not forget to care for our green neighbors. Finally, you have an extra  excuse to be outdoors!
Freezing February

2017's Great American Tree theme, Summer Shade Trees, allowed us to recognize the considerable relief trees provide during the scorching summer months.  But did you know trees can regulate winter temperatures as well?Planting a tree on the side of your house where the wind originates (this is typically the N/NE), can serve as a wind breaker. Arbor Day Foundation says that well placed trees can reduce gusts of winds from 35 to 10 mph. Intercepting these harsh winds will keep your house warmer, therefore keeping your hands off the thermostat! A lowered demand for indoor heating can minimize daily CO2 energy emissions. Therefore, planting a tree outside your house is less work for you and less work for our forests. 

Let us continue to work smarter, not harder!

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The Future of Tree Planting?

A company from Oxford England called BioCarbon Engineering has recently begun using drones to plant trees. The company tells us "Drones can plant 100,000 trees in a single day." These drones use satellite imagery to survey topography, soil composition, and available moisture to locate  prime planting locations. This initial surveying step helps decide the tree species most suited for the environment. The optimal planting height for this UAV is 3-6 feet from the ground where a biodegradable "seed pod" can be shot into the ground as frequently as every 6 seconds. The algorithm in the UAV disperses excess seeds to counteract a tentatively low "survival rate."  Drones return to planting locations to gather arial updates regarding seed adjustment and tree growth. 

Visit the BioCarbon Engineering website here.
National Canopy Coverage

The #HealthyTreesHealthyLives hashtag will continue throughout February. This festive month is categorized by many important dates: Black history month, Mardi Gras, Valentines Day and many birthdays of remarkable Americans. One of the newest additions to our nation's capital has been the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. This park is a testimony to the courageous acts of a man who has changed history. 182 new trees serve ecological and sentimental purposes throughout this block in DC. These beautiful Yoshino cherry and American elms honor a fearless hero.  Check out our current discussions and share your own on our national blog  Canopy Coverage .  

How to Protect Your Vegetation from Ice and Frost

Our friends from Davey Trees have graciously provided us with many tree insights for the brutal cold months.  The most reiterated winter tree care advice is PRUNE.  Dead and diseased branches may have been hidden by pervasive foliage during warmer months. Now that all leaves have fallen, it is the perfect time to prune. Pruned trees have a lower probability of dropping snow and ice on the roof of your house. Be prepared for colder days! Knowing when to expect a cold front is important for more than just your daily wardrobe. Days with especially low temperatures may call from some extra TLC from you! Keep your vegetation hydrated. Well moisturized soils absorb solar radiation and retain warmth better than dry soils.  Mulching aids in the prevention of moisture loss while insulating tree roots. Do not be afraid to get a little dirty! Removing weeds from under the trees canopy will also aid in the absorption of heat. If there is a specific tree that looks extremely susceptible to damage, you can even wrap the trunk of your young tree with your beloved blankey as well (however, burlap sheets may be a better insulator).  We will leave that last one up to you. 

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Restoration Economy
This month's featured book focuses on the importance of s ustainability.   Every corner of the world have been effected by land degradation, all continents receiving an annual net loss of forests. The Business of Planting Trees endorses the global impact of businesses committing to restoration and  sustainability. The term used throughout this report 'r estoration economy' refers to the network of businesses and consumers that engage in economic activity related to restoring land.  Consumer demand has the ability to skyrocket green infrastructure and ecobuisness.  Businesses who proactively use sustainable land management practices and ingredients have begun to set goals for carbon neutrality.  Bruno Mariani, founder of Symbiosis Investments says "Large-scale reforestation is lucrative. Forests give us wood, water, oxygen, food, fauna, jobs-and a return on investment. Mainstream finance will inevitably tag along but when you rebuild a forest, you create much more than financial value. You protect a healthy environment for future generations to inherit."   We are excited to see the environmental goals set by businesses across the US.  The Business of Planting Trees can be accessed here .

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