#ygkChallenge: Plant a Tree

tree planting, Kingston, OntarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Plant a tree. The benefits associated with having trees and shrubbery on or near your property are vast. Not only can they provide shade during the summer thereby requiring you to use less energy for air conditioning, but they can also serve as windbreaks during the winter and can help cut down on your heating bill. They also serve to beautify neighborhoods, add value to your property, clean the air, conserve water, prevent soil erosion and the list goes on. Of course the species of you select and location you plant are critical to ensuring efficiency and effectiveness. Before you go planting trees, you may want to consult the City of Kingston (613-546-4291 ext. 3180) to ensure you’re planting on your property vice a right of way, and seek permission as required. Need help with species selection, location or planting? Check out this great resource from the Tree People.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks and credit to alexindigo for supplying the photo associated with this week’s ygkchallenge.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

4 thoughts on “#ygkChallenge: Plant a Tree

  • Great idea! Trees are beautiful in so many ways, and there are so many to choose from that you're bound to find something to suit you. We have planted one tree each year since we bought our home three years ago. This year the choice was a cherry tree that we got into the ground this past weekend.

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