Prudent planting protocol: dress appropriately

Twenty-nine days until the Neighborhood Trees planting season begins on Nov. 7 (see counter, right). Plenty of time to get your planting gear situated.

As a courtesy reminder to our veteran volunteers, and as a cautionary note to our rookies, Oregon in the fall and winter transitions to a damp climate—damp to very damp.

Good attire for planting: waterproof gear; and warm gear.

Bad attire for planting: sandals; Uggs; white sneakers; non-waterproof gear; non-warm gear; and basically, any garment that is afraid of dirt or foliage markings.

Note the differences:

Proper planting attire
Elizabeth demonstrates the good and the bad. (FOT file)
Proper planting attire
Toshio demonstrates the good and the bad. (FOT file)

Any other suggestions or first-hand sightings of ‘bad planting attire?’

–Toshio Suzuki

How an engineer plants a tree

The BBC and London Times report this week that the Institute of Mechanical Engineers has a new study on geo-engineering. One main tenet of the report: artificial trees have the potential to remove CO2 thousands of times faster than real trees—those pretty green things that also absorb runoff, provide habitat, create shade and generally please in a number of ways.

The full report also notes each artificial tree is estimated to cost $20,000. Friends of Trees’ rates start at $25 per tree.

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