Please note it:
~ Every year, an area of forest 4 times the size of Belgium is being clear-felled globally.
~ Around the world, we only plant half of the trees that we cut.
~ We have lost 85% of our primary forests.
Each of us has an individual and collective responsibility to reforest our planet: to protect our one and only home and all that we know to be sacred. Strategic tree planting takes carbon out of the atmosphere and helps mitigate the impacts of climate change, and we are calling all women to stand with us. Together we can find our true power, strength, and unique expressions of feminine nature based leadership. We are the ones who can leave a better world for future generations.
Do your Research
Before you get started you should investigate options for sites and types of trees. You will need to know all about the best tree species for your area; optimal planting times; and how to care for your trees. We have a variety of resources listed later in this blog. Your local library may also have books about Native Plants for your region.
Get your team together
Many hands make light work, and the size of your project will depend on how many people you can get interested in participating. Getting together with a group of women, or mothers and children, can also bring a whole new level of connectivity and purpose to your project. You may even want to speak of your hopes and dreams for the earth, and sing or dance together to make it more fun and meaningful.
Should you plant from seeds or seedlings? You’ll have a greater chance of success with seedlings, but of course it’s more expensive to purchase seedlings than seeds, so that may be something to consider.
Planting seeds: If planting seeds be sure to plant multiple seeds because they won’t all germinate.
You will need to investigate information about local conditions, optimal planting times, and what tree species are best suited to your project, and site.
How and where to plant, and caring for your trees by the following steps.
>Use a spade to take the turf out of the ground, turn it over and split it almost in half.
>Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the roots of your tree. Loosen the soil around the edges
>Put the tree in the hole and check the depth. Look for the “Collar” – the mark on the tree from where it originally started to grow above ground. This Should be level with the top of the soil. If a tree is planted too deep the stem may rot; too shallow and the roots above ground will die.
>Hold the tree upright and gently push back the soil, pressing it down onto the roots. don’t Compact the soil as the will stop water and air circulation, but make sure your tree is steady.
>Put the turf back over the hole with the split either side of the young tree, grass side down.
>Cover your tree with a guard if necessary, using a cane or stake provide extra support