April’s Holidays Remind Us to Be Kind to the Earth

In just a few days it will be Earth Day, celebrated officially on April 22. But really, ideally, shouldn’t every day be earth day? This is the only home we have.

And despite the attempts to go back to the moon and colonize Mars, I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

Arbor Day is another day coming up just a short time from now. In my state, as in many states, it is the last Friday in April.

How do these days differ? While Earth Day celebrates the Earth and care for our common home, Arbor Day is all about trees–planting, caring for and maintaining them. And while that may seem like a “minor” thing to consider, let me assure you that it is not!

For just one thing, streets with a tree canopy are 10% cooler than those without. You have heard of “urban heat islands?” Trees help cool those as well.

There are so many fascinating ways that trees truly help us and you can find it all out at the Arbor Day Foundation site (and even find which trees will grow best in your region).

Finally, as we approach the end of the month, consider letting at least a portion of your lawn go un-mowed for pollinators in the “No Mow May” initiative. It might look something like the photo at the top of my post.

I will try to find photos of other colorful lawns as well to show what this “no-mow” look realistically can be. It’s definitely not for everyone but the pollinators will thank you!

2 thoughts on “April’s Holidays Remind Us to Be Kind to the Earth

  1. John Hric April 18, 2023 / 9:44 am

    Earth it is our only spaceship. Growing parents said go clean your room. Now the message needs to be go clean your spaceship. Plastic shopping bags are not meant to be caught and collected by trees.

    • gardendaze April 18, 2023 / 10:07 am

      I know my parents always taught me not to litter. That message must have gotten lost in all the warning abouts “stranger danger” and the warnings about social media (and it does seem trivial compared to those). But really, why do people think it’s acceptable to treat the outdoors like a trash can?

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