I started my Earth Day celebration a little early this year. On Saturday morning, I woke up early and met up with my Better World Books colleagues and friends at Rose Circle Park for a volunteer opportunity with Trees Atlanta, a local non-profit dedicated to “protecting and improving our urban environment by planting and conserving trees.” Robby, the representative with Trees Atlanta put us to work mulching trees in the park. Mulching, I learned, is a great way to protect trees as it helps to retain moisture in draught conditions, deters runoff and evaporation, and it helps to protect the root system of a tree from lawnmowers and weed eaters. It’s also relatively inexpensive and the finished project looks great. We spent our morning filling and carrying buckets with mulch to be spread three to four inches deep around the plant canopies. It was hard work (I have the sore feet and muscles to prove it), but well worth the effort!
As an added bonus, Dustin and Nicole brought Cairo along to supervise. As you can see, she did a great job of making sure everything ran smoothly.