Do you fancy joining in with the conversation today?
“Blog Action Day is an annual event every October 15th that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance.
So far 7,377 from 138 countries have registered for this year's event. To participate, all you need to do is write a single post on your blog about the issue of climate change on October 15th.”
The blogging platform is definitely now a massive one for spreading the word on a particular topic. Many blogs today will be from the journalism, business and ecological fields. However today is for all blogs to unite and a garden/wildife blog can definitely stand just as tall as the business ones! Just a quiet word to the BAD team... please include some in your featured lists :-D
Visitors to my blog will expect to read chat about plants, birds and wildlife so today is no exception. Today I’d like to chat about the trees and shrubs that you find on moving into an established garden.
Perhaps you’ve never had a garden and don’t know how to look after plants and are daunted by the size of a plant. Perhaps you’ve seen a garden design make-over article in a magazine or televsion programme where they appear to clear out many plants. Perhaps your plants are in the way for something else. I’d like to suggest you don’t reach for the tools to remove them too quickly.
There is a wealth of garden blogs out there where bloggers would only be too happy to help answer questions on the plants you may have inheritated. Libraries are also a great source of reference. Plant care is a tricky one with low maintainance gardens being on on many people’s lists now especially when they just move into a new house.
My message today is quite a simple one and one where you may make a few friends on the way too! If you have trees/shrubs that you feel have got too big for an area of your garden I’d like to suggest (if possible) you might move them to a better location or perhaps even swap them with another plant in your garden.
You could also consider swapping or giving them away to a friend or neighbour. I’ve done this on many, many ocassions. Yes, they could go into a compost heap but the birds and wildlife (including insects) in your garden would miss them as a source of shelter and food.
The pine tree above has just recently been moved in my garden along with a few large shrubs to different locations in my garden as I am clearing a space for a new wildife pond. I have been lifting, dividing and potting up my plants to replant them in this area next Spring. Many plants can be moved at this time of year or in Spring. I’d suggest you refer to books, bloggers or the internet to find out when is the best time to move your plants.
A word of warning here…. Pine trees are quite shallow rooted but the weight of this tree trunk made it very difficult to move and it nearly had me beaten! I ‘man-handled’ it on to a ground sheet and with a huge effort dragged it across the gravel path and lawn. Standing it up was a tad on the dangerous side for one person… I’d definitely recommend you get someone to help if you move shrubs and trees as their weight can be easily underestimated!
Okay, so back to a message for climate change… trees are one of the good guys! The Forestry Commission here in the UK say:
“Forests can help us address climate change by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They do this by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), using the carbon (C) to produce sugars for tree growth and releasing the oxygen (O2) back into the air. As trees grow, they store carbon in their leaves, twigs and trunk, and in the soil around them.”
That’s enough science for here. I’ll let other blogs go into this in much more detail. The Forestry Commission continue…
“The forests and woodlands in Britain have a role to play too. They can be managed as a sustainable source of wood – an alternative and less polluting energy source to fossil fuels, and a low-energy construction material.
There are six key actions that should be taken now to protect what we have, and to make sure we can adapt to the new threats and opportunities that climate change will bring while still maintaining and expanding a sustainable forest and woodland resource.
• Protect what we already have
• Reduce deforestation
• Restore the world’s forest cover
• Use wood for energy
• Replace other materials with wood
• Plan to adapt to our changing climate
If we get this right, the world’s forests will contribute significantly to climate change mitigation. They will also benefit national economies and the well-being of current and future generations.”
On a personal note… I do love trees and they were the first subject I began drawing as a teenager. I adore their shape and form and do admire the ancient ones particularly... often pondering over their history.
In our changing climate trees in our parks and gardens provide us with shade from the sun and break the strength of gusting winds. This autumnal time of the year would be completely without soul without the spectacle of colour from the leaves turning on deciduous trees.
Planting new trees to replace old and damaged ones in our gardens is an excellent way gardeners can help. Perhaps giving one as a new home gift would be great too. Just a thought though… read the label first to see if it would suit the size of the garden. I can’t imagine a world without trees and without trees where would our world be in the fight against climate change.
I’ll end this posting with a key message from the Forestry Commission:
“There are two ways to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We can reduce the amount we produce or we can develop ways to capture and store it. Trees have the unique ability to do both.”
Yep... trees are one of the good guys! From the giant global companies to the modest gardener we should all take care of them.