Get your green thumb on. Plant a tree!

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:27 am

The temperature is warming and Spring is in the air. With your newfound green thumb, why not kick off the season of love by doing your part to help beautify Dallas?

This Saturday, March 26th at the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm, Dallasites will gather to plant trees from 8 a.m. to noon at Richland College. As TXU Energy joins hands with Texas Trees Foundation, volunteers will flock from all over the DFW metroplex and the numbers are expected to be upwards of 600 people.

Why are trees so important, you may be wondering. Well, in the concrete jungle that is Dallas, the more trees the merrier. Not only do trees increase a property’s value, but they also clean the air and produce enough oxygen for 18 people everyday, according to TXU Energy.

Volunteers at the annual plant-off will learn how to plant, prune, re-pot and stake trees so that they survive the unpredictable Texas weather. Each volunteer will go home with a seedling so they can plant a tree in their own yard. Don’t forget to bring the kids! Kids can get hands-on experience planting trees and are offered fun activities.

“They literally ‘play in the dirt’ for a cause,” Colette Vallot, Community Relations Manager of TXU Energy said.

This annual tree-planting event brings Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, school groups, city council members and other volunteer groups. No matter what group you may or may not be a part of, one thing you can be involved with is Texas Trees Foundations unwavering commitment to the beautification of Texas. They have planted more than 166,000 trees across Texas since 2002 through its Committed to Community Growth program, Vallot said.

So come one, come all, and make sure you register at txu.com/trees if you’d like to become a volunteer.

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