Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Million Trees LA – Pledge to Plant

California Laurel Cherry Tree

Trees on any city street enhance the look of the neighborhood while providing shade, oxygen and reduce greenhouse gases. In Los Angeles the Million Trees LA Project is underway to help fight against global warming. Taking the pledge to plant a million trees is the goal and Los Angeles residents that take the pledge can receive up to five trees free of charge per address. As part of the pledge, I received my first tree at during Open-House night at my daughter’s school. 

I am the proud owner of the California Laurel Cherry. This tree caught my interest because it is native to California, it grows quickly, it will provide lots of shade it provides and white flowers bloom in the spring. This tree grows to 18 feet or can be trimmed for a privacy hedge. The other fact in its favor is that it stays green all year and doesn't lose its leaves like other trees.  Join Million Trees LA on facebook at 

*Have you planted any trees at your house?

California Laurel Cherry in bloom

Examples of the Benefits that Trees Provide
  • Trees reduce the greenhouse effect by shading our homes and office buildings.
  • A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.
  • Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
  • An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
  • Planting trees and expanding parklands improves the air quality of Los Angeles County. A total of 300 trees can counter balance the amount of pollution one person produces in a lifetime.
  • Homeowners that properly place trees in their landscape can realize savings up to 58% on daytime air conditioning and as high as 65% for mobile homes. If applied nationwide to buildings not now benefiting from trees, the shade could reduce our nation's consumption of oil by 500,000 barrels of oil/day.
  • Trees have great benefits, such as raising the ground water tables in LA, and are useful helping to capture, filter, and restore rainwater to the groundwater table.

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