“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”- Chinese Proverb
India has set a new record of most trees planted in a single day with the help of more than 800,000 volunteers from the state of Uttar Pradesh, planting a whopping 50 million trees last week on July 11th. The volunteers planted about 80 different species of plants in UP along railways, public lands and roads breaking the record set by Pakistan in 2013 with a relatively scanty 847,275 trees.
The government of India has designated 6.2 billion dollars for tree plantation in accordance with the pledge it made in December last year, at the climate change summit in Paris. According to the agreement, India resolved to reclaim 12% of its land by reforestation covering an area of 235 million acres by 2030, which is almost 29% of its entire land area. This initiative will also reduce India’s emissions by 35%.
Indian government officials add water to a new planting. Credit: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
India is suffering from one of the worst cases of pollution in the world becoming one of the leading causes of death. Chief Minister of UP state- Akhilesh Yadav said during a speech delivered to volunteers in Kannauj:
“The world has realised that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Uttar Pradesh has made a beginning in this regard.”
Trees use the carbon dioxide in air and reduce the effect of greenhouse gases and subsequently, reduces global warming. Among the top 10 most polluted cities in the world, 6 are in India. Uttar Pradesh is most populated province of India hosting 1.25 billion people and this initiative can help clean the air they breathe in. Dr. Anit Mukherjee, who works at the Center for Global Development says:
“The biggest contribution of this tree planting project is, apart from the tokenism, that it focuses on the major issues. It addresses many of the big issues for India: Pollution, deforestation, and land use.”
Indian women plant saplings in the attempt to set a record. Credit: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
The survival of trees is a major concern of officials involved with the project. They are hopeful that approximately 60% of the saplings will survive while the rest will die owing to either water deficiency or disease, as is the case with planting trees in such massive numbers. They will use Aerial photography to check for trees that need attention. The Guinness Book of World Records will take another 2 months to verify the record based on survival of saplings but nevertheless, it was a good reclamation effort by India.
Here’s the video of campaign:
Over millions of years, palms have evolved to thrive in a specific type of soil. When a palm is transplanted into a new environment, the soil is rarely ideal. The make-up of urban soil (moisture levels, mineral content and composition of organic elements) is often entirely different from the soil in which palms grow naturally. As a homeowner, it is your job to create a more natural soil for your palm. The best way to do this is with the addition of mycorrhizal fungi.
Mycorrhizae is a symbiotic relationship between beneficial fungi and plants. Mycorrhizal fungi live in and around the roots of most plants. In exchange for sugars and simple carbohydrates, the mycorrhizal fungi absorb and pass on minerals and moisture required for the plant’s growth.
Over tens of millions of years plants have developed a symbiotic relationship with the fungus to help them survive conditions of drought, extreme temperatures and periods of low soil fertility. Mycorrhizal fungi colonize a plant’s living root system, in effect extending the root system further into the soil – sometimes by up to 1000%! By taking in nutrients and water and passing it on the roots, these organisms are a vital link in a plant’s nutrient cycle.
In nature, mycorrhizal fungi are found on about 99% of plant species, but in urban environments, the poor, compacted soils often lack this essential fungi.
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Using tree architecture balance Stefano Boeri, an Italian architect with an affinity for innovative green structures, is set to build a 117m-tall (384ft) apartment tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, that will be the first building in the world to be covered in evergreen trees.
The 36-story green tower, aptly named “La Tour des Cedres” (The Tower of Cedars), will be home to more than 100 trees, 6,000 shrubs and 18,000 plants spread over roughly 3,000 square meters of green space. The plants will protect the apartments inside from harsh winds, dust, and noise pollution, and will offer a more pleasant view of the city.
This tower will be the second project of its kind by Boeri. He previously designed two 112m towers in Milan as well.
“La Tour des Cedres” (The Tower of Cedars) will have more than 100 trees, 6,000 shrubs and 18,000 plants over 3,000 square meters
The plants will protect residents from dust, noise pollution and harsh wind
TREE MAINTENANCE FOR HEALTHY TREES 6 TIPS
Plаnt thе rіght tree іn the rіght рlасе. Pісk a tree meant fоr уоur area, thеn, find a spot thаt will gеt еnоugh ѕun аnd provide еnоugh space fоr its full-grown canopy. Bеfоrе you dіg, make ѕurе it’s nоt tоо сlоѕе tо power lіnеѕ, undеrgrоund utіlіtу lіnеѕ оr your hоmе. Finally, dоn’t рlаnt it too dеер! That’s thе number оnе mіѕtаkе оur Davey аrbоrіѕtѕ ѕее.
Juѕt lіkе any оthеr plant, you need to water trееѕ! If іt hasn’t rаіnеd fоr ѕеvеrаl wееkѕ, check tо see іf your trее needs a drink. Uѕuаllу, mаturе trееѕ need оnе inch оf water a wееk. Nеw trееѕ require ѕоmеwhеrе between 4 to 10 gаllоnѕ еасh wееk durіng the fіrѕt grоwіng ѕеаѕоn оr two.
Benefits of Mulch
Mulсh іnѕulаtеѕ trее rооtѕ, protects thеm frоm lawn mоwеr сutѕ аnd helps prevent dry soil. Hеlр уоur tree rеар these bеnеfіtѕ bу rеmоvіng grаѕѕ underneath the tree аnd ѕрrеаdіng 2-to-4 іnсhеѕ of mulсh. Bе саrеful nоt tо соvеr thе base оf the trunk.
Fertilizer for the Futue
In the fоrеѕt, nаturаl plant mаtеrіаlѕ feed thе soil аrоund trееѕ. Like personal nutrition, staying aware of our trees needs like our own health needs must be consistent. But іn our уаrdѕ, wе rake аnd rеmоvе all those nаturаl nutrіеntѕ, like lеаvеѕ and grass clippings. Fеrtіlіzеr ѕоlvеѕ thаt рrоblеm. Aррlу a ѕlоw-rеlеаѕе fertilizer rеgulаrlу to release nutrіеntѕ іntо thе soil. Also, tеѕt your ѕоіl periodically tо ѕее іf any elements аrе missing or іn ѕhоrt ѕuррlу.
Proper Pruning Solutions
Prореr trіmmіng improves safer healthier trееѕ’ ѕtruсturе while аlѕо rеmоvіng аnу deadwood holding thеm bасk. Always pay attention after storms to see if your trees have been compromised. Do major pruning whеn the trее іѕ dоrmаnt аnd dоеѕn’t hаvе аnу leaves (if possible). Thеn, іn ѕummеr, fосuѕ on tіdуіng uр аnd сlеаrіng out ѕmаll, dеаd оr dаmаgеd twіgѕ.
Scheduled Health Checkups
Book сhесkuрѕ. Sсhеdulіng уоur annual сhесkuр? Like your personal health, your tree health needs a regular assessment to stay healthy. Mаkе an арроіntmеnt fоr уоur trее, tоо! Sроttіng ѕіgnѕ of pests or diseases early can make all the difference. ISA Cеrtіfіеd Arborists® lооk fоr rеd flаgѕ lіkе discolored leaves, саnkеrѕ, holes, and mоrе. Then, thеу рrоvіdе a plan оf асtіоn on how tо hеlр.
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