Order trees for Arbor Day
Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 25, 2004
Raise the flag, strike up the band and celebrate National Arbor Day on April 30 by planting a tree.
Anyone wanting to beautify their property can get 10 free shade trees from the National Arbor Day Foundation of Nebraska City, Neb., by joining the organization by April 30. The trees being given away include red oak; sugar, silver and red maples; weeping willow; green ash; thornless honey locust; pin oak; river birch; and a tulip tree.
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John Rosenow, the president of the foundation, said the trees were specifically chosen to provide shade and beauty, and because they come in a variety of forms, leaf shapes and fall colors.
The trees will be shipped in time for May planting and the instructions on planting and caring for the trees will be included in the package. The trees, ranging from six to 12 inches tall, are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced for free.
It has been over 130 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever, Rosenow said.
To become a member of the National Arbor Day Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Shade Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NB, 68410. Orders must be postmarked by April 30.