Plant a Tree on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day, it may be good to take time to relax and spend a few hours with the family. The grownups are no doubt tired from parties they may have attended the night before, and the children need their rest before they head back to school. One good way to spend the day with family and make the day count is to plant a tree.
Planting a tree in your own yard is a great idea for New Year’s Day because you can watch it grow throughout the year. Trees are good for the environment as they clean the air, and they provide shade during summertime. They also add quite a bit of beauty to any yard or urban area, and they may even add to the value of your home. You can find trees of different sizes and varieties so you don’t need to worry about their roots wrapping around pipes or interfering with the foundation of your home.
To plant a tree, you need to first be sure you can dig safely in your yard. In most areas of the United States, you can call the city or county to come out and mark off your pipes and underground lines for free. They can tell you areas that are safe for digging and which are not, and this is especially important for a tree which will have deeper roots than a vegetable garden.
If you live in a very cold area, you need to choose a hearty type of tree that will withstand the cold. Check the different brands and you’ll note that they have a zone rating, which tells you the best type for your typical weather. For urban areas, there are certain trees that hold up better under the typical pollution, salt from clearing roads, and other elements of a city. These include Norway maple, oak, Washington hawthorn, ginkgo, honey locust, sweet gum, crabapple, linden, and zelkova.
Make note of how a tree will look once its grown for your own yard. A Chinese dogwood is short and full, whereas a crabapple tree is tall and full. A Japanese maple is also short and full and blooms deep red leaves which are very attractive, whereas an apple tree may have flowers for only a few weeks throughout the year.
Once you have your tree planted, have everyone write out their wishes for the new year and hang them from the branches. You can even consider yours a “wishing tree,” where you go and make a wish you want to come true. Hang your new year wishes from the branches every year on New Year’s Day for a fun family tradition.