Why Should We Plant Trees?
While there are many good reasons for planting trees, they often contradict one another. For example, a study of 174 tree planting groups in 2021 found that most only planted a few types of trees, and most of those species helped the rural areas in the short term. By contrast, this approach was not as effective at maximizing biodiversity, carbon storage, and climate change mitigation potential. Therefore, many people are confused about why we should plant trees in the first place.
Regardless of the type of tree you plan to plant, it is important to remember that proper placement of the roots is the most important factor in ensuring that the tree grows to its full potential. Tree planting is not an easy task, so there are several steps involved in the process. Firstly, prepare the soil properly. It should be free of weeds, as weeds like to grow in bare soil. Second, be sure to dig a hole large enough to accommodate the tree’s root system.
In addition to providing fresh water to millions of Americans, planting trees also helps protect water supplies. Seedlings planted along streams and rivers prevent erosion and improve water quality. Additionally, a single mature tree can absorb nearly 53 tons of CO2 and 430 pounds of pollution each year. In addition, forests absorb 12% of the country’s carbon emissions. A fully grown tree can support 18 people and one acre of land can absorb more than 20 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
After determining the location, a planter can begin planting. An average British Columbia planter can plant 1 600 trees a day. In contrast, an experienced planter can reach up to 4,000 per day. In addition to the cost per tree, the number of trees planted per day increases significantly in eastern and central Canada. In both places, planters typically work eight to 11 hours a day, with some unpaid time spent traveling from one location to another.
Despite the many benefits of tree planting, the cost of restoring all of the world’s forest is prohibitive. Even if it were possible, planting all the trees the world needs would be impossible. Thus, tree planting should be seen as just one part of a comprehensive restoration program. A promising alternative to tree planting is Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, which is an innovative approach to allowing native trees and shrubs to regrow in a particular area.
However, spring lifting has its drawbacks. In many areas, the period of spring-like weather is unreliable. Therefore, the soil moisture advantage of spring planting is not well-founded. Winter browning may occur soon after planting, especially if a plant is not properly anchored to the soil. Another major disadvantage is that winter planting is more difficult in regions where the climate is cold and anaerobic. Additionally, the early planting date does not necessarily mean that a tree will not survive.