Happy Arbor Day!

Couple posed in front of tree planted for Arbor Day

Plant your own tree and make memories! My daughter and her date for prom posed in front the tree we planted for Arbor Day so many years ago – No longer a little tree, no longer a little girl!

Happy Arbor Day! The last Friday in April is Nebraska’s annual Arbor Day. This is a legal holiday in Nebraska.

There are so many reasons to plant trees. Trees clean the air, provide oxygen, help prevent water pollution and soil erosion, reduce our energy costs, shield our children from harmful UV-Rays, and give us wood for shelter. Trees produce food for both humans and wildlife. Trees can increase our property values, beautify and cool our streets and businesses, and teach us the importance of nuturing nature.

Seventeen years ago, my family planted a young Norway Spruce on Arbor Day. We chose the spruce after researching trees suitable for the space and our climate. We all worked together to prepare the site, dig the hole and everyone helped plant the tree. Today, our Norway Spruce has grown tall and strong. It is too big to put Christmas lights on anymore, but it has its own decorations – pinecones. We love this tree and it serves as a tribute to the importance of this day. So many great memories as my kids have grown with the tree! It is the tree we pose in front of at our house!

Celebrate Arbor Day in a personal way by planting a tree. It is an act of optimism and kindness, a labor of love and a commitment to stewardship.

For information on planting trees and much more, visit:

You can also visit your local extension office for information on trees suited for your area.

Learn more about Arbor Day in Nebraska:

Plant your own tree and make memories!


UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu


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