If trees could talk, which advice would they give you?
It’s time to reflect and improve upon the previous year with new goals and adventures. Trees have populated the earth for hundreds of thousands of years, growing tall and giving back—in so many ways. We can learn a lot from trees and the countless benefits they provide us every single day.
Tree Lessons 101.
Follow this simple tree advice, inspired by Ilan Shamir's poem "Advice from a Tree," to keep you and your trees happy and healthy all year long.
- Stand tall and proud. Trees tower over us with their beautiful, full canopies, shading and protecting us from Mother Nature’s unpleasant conditions.A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year, meaning two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four. Breathe easy this year, knowing your trees have got your back.
- Go out on a limb. Try something new this year. You could plant a tree or garden and watch your backyard grow from bland to beautiful. Trees also remove air pollution, help reduce energy bills, supply oxygen and filter water. Take the next few cold months to create a 2015 landscape plan and you, too, can give back to Mother Nature. Work on your green thumb this spring and turn your landscape dreams into a reality.
- Remember your roots. Be thankful for the people in your life that have helped you along the way. Give back to those who give to you. Remember your trees and what they do for you, but realize they do need your help to maintain their shape and health. Monitor your trees from the roots up and see what your efforts can do for your trees.
- Drink plenty of water. Like trees, humans need water to survive. Try replacing a sugary drink with water this year to feel healthier and more hydrated. Trees help provide clean water for 123 million Americans who depend on the national forests every time they turn on the tap. The National Forest System is the largest single source of water in the continental United States and provides reliable water supplies for more than one-third of the American population.
- Enjoy the view. Look around you, what do you see? Remember to slow down and take time to see the beautiful world around you. Explore nature and enjoy its benefits. Time spent in green spaces with trees reduces stress and brain fatigue, improving your physical health.
Will you take advice from a tree?
It’s a little strange thinking about talking to a tree—instead take inspiration from trees’ constant energy to provide humans shelter, peace and liveliness throughout the whole year.