I am a seriously enamored tree hugger with many more reasons to love these wondrous creations than Joyce Kilmer offered in his ode to trees. Some are detailed below. But first I’ve got to share two brief, quirky videos with you – relating to my tall textured friends, of course.
When you get all the way to the bottom of this blog post you’ll find tips on how to tap syrup from a Maple tree. Don’t miss it; the sap’s running now folks! Enjoy.
Weren’t those fun and thought provoking?
And now my top reasons for loving trees.
They attract, house, and nurture birds and insects
A single pair of Carolina Chickadees, according to Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware Douglas Tallamy, must capture 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars and take them back to their nest in order to raise a typical brood of 6 nestlings. Those caterpillars, in turn, depend upon specific host trees during their life cycles. And when it comes to trees, it should come as no surprise that all varieties are not created equal. An oak tree may support as many as 537 different caterpillar species. In contrast, the Ginkgo (Maidenhair) tree, which is native to China and widely used by cities and homeowners around the country as an ornamental specimen, hosts only 3 caterpillar species. That consideration carried far less weight in planting decisions than did its appearance and the fact that it can grow in even poor soil conditions with little care. – from Bridging the Gap
Listen Here: The sound of rustling leaves and rubbing limbs
Their flexible strength and longevity
What do we get from trees – paper, lumber, cellulose, and so much more
If these are not enough good reasons to join me in loving and protecting trees, here are several more from the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service.