Today, the third Friday in April, is Colorado’s Arbor Day, and National Arbor Day takes place the fourth Friday in April.

This day makes it the perfect time to think about planting a new tree or three. A long growing season let’s tree get settled into their new home.

Before you plant another flowering crabapple tree, consider trying something different. Many arborists recommended planting a diversity of trees in your yard, throughout a neighborhood and within the community.

Tree diversity not only adds interest and variety, it also helps make our urban forest less susceptible to widespread damage from pests. Whenever too many of the same type of tree are planted together, it’s a set-up for problems with diseases and insects such as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Arborists recommend no more than 10% of trees be the same variety. If one variety succumbs to pests or disease, there will be others reaching maturity to provide shade and to clean the air.

Some other great benefits of planting trees:

Planting a native tree supports native birds and other wildlife.
During one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.
According to the US Forest Service, homes with street trees in Portland, Oregon sold for $7,130 more, on average, and 1.7 days more quickly.
Trees and shrubs planted for windbreaks can cut fuel consumption by an average of 40%, according to the US Department of Energy.