Tuesday, July 28 2009 @ 10:27 AM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
[Baltimore Spokes: Street trees really help make biking city streets more enjoyable in the summer time.]
Trees do more than we
think and they do their job quietly. Trees can improve our urban environment,
and consequently our well-being and our economy. Trees multi-task. While removing
air pollutants and reducing our air temperature, they absorb and filter water,
cool our homes and business, increase our property values and the livability of
our neighborhoods. A bird flying over
Baltimore can look down and see that 25% of
our city is covered by leaves and branches. The healthiest cities have 40% of
their land covered by trees.
Through TreeBaltimore’s program, trees will be planted
in parks, on school grounds and on large industrial and institutional property.
But, the most available planting areas in Baltimore
are located in the front and back yards of row house neighborhoods. Take a look
on your street and around your neighborhood. Are there trees shading homes? Are
there trees beautifying yards? Is there room for either a flowering tree or a
larger shade tree on your lawn?
TreeBaltimore offers incentives to plant
trees on private property.
! FREE Tree Giveaways – Each spring and
fall TreeBaltimore gives away 1,000 young trees to residents.
! TreeBaltimore TreeNeighborhood –
Residents receive free or reduced priced trees. Neighborhood Associations
coordinate deliveries for residents. A minimum of 10 trees per neighborhood
must be ordered.
! Growing Home Campaign - $10 coupons at local
nurseries for trees worth $25 or more. Download coupon on the
! Marylanders Plant Trees - $25 coupons at local
nurseries for trees worth $50 or more. Download coupon on the TreeBaltimore
Go to the TreeBaltimore website
to find out about the benefits of the trees near your home.
For information or to