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May 16 of each year is National Love a Tree Day. On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the incredible gift that they are to us. Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day. They play a significant role in reducing erosion, moderating the climate, giving us oxygen, and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

How To Observe National Love a Tree Day

  • Plant a new tree. Not sure what type of tree to plant, or where to locate it? Start by going to your local nursery or gardening center and talking to the experts there.
  • If you have trees, today's a good day to remember to water them. Watering a tree means soaking the root system. It takes time and patience but the result is a world of difference to a tree’s long-term health.
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  • Every tree enjoys a little nature-appropriate gift. There's no better compliment than a good bird feeder or bird house.
  • If you're feeling really grateful and adventurous, hug a tree. Some scientific studies show that tree-hugging has numerous health benefits for humans, like improving concentration levels and reducing depression and stress. If your friends and neighbors look at you funny, tell them all about Love a Tree Day!

Use #LoveATreeDay to post on social media. Enjoy!