150 years of this beautiful country is worth celebrating! What better way than to plant a tree – A maple tree of course. A true, blue, native Canadian maple naturally. Actually they don’t come in blue – but remember the fall with all those glorious colours? It’s not too late to plan a tree planting project; you will be ready when the ground is! Here are some ideas and resources.
How about a single landmark specimen tree? Your nearby nursery will have them in various sizes. The larger the tree the more expensive but one roughly 150cm tall (that’s 5 feet) will be less than $150.00. Tall enough to see and avoid when you are cutting the grass. Have your planting day on April 22, Earth Day and celebrate. Planted in the right spot and with appropriate care, it could grow and thrive for the next 150 years. Check out www.mapleleavesforever.com to discover native maple varieties, fascinating facts and suppliers.
Or how about planting 150 trees? If you have room, tree seedlings are your best bet. They may be available from your Conservation Authority if you order right now. The bareroot seedlings will be approximately 15-30cm. There are minimum quantity order requirements and pick-up or expected delivery times for April. Fergus Forest Center and associated nursery (www.fergustreenursery.ca) is near Kemptville. They only grow native species of trees and shrubs that are found in eastern Ontario, so the chances of success are better. They also offer gift seedlings if you are having an event.
If you really are not into planting trees – how about collecting seeds? Of course you will have to wait until the tree produces them in the fall – but it’s easy to collect 150 seeds! For fascinating reading and detailed instructions on how to collect, prepare and grow all kinds of trees, Look into “Growing Trees from Seed” by Henry Kock. / Firefly Books.
In the meantime 12 beautiful pictures of maple trees, or your favorite tree – will make a wonderful calendar. Canada’s Sesquicentennial – plan something now and if you need some help call Vorster Eliason Landscape Architects, we have 150 ideas!