Plant a Native Tree

I pledge to plant at least one native tree and/or shrub in my yard to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and provide food, shelter and habitat for pollinators.

Turn Your Yard Into a Carbon Sink and Haven for Pollinators

Trees and shrubs pull carbon from the atmosphere as they undergo photosynthesis and send it into their biomass and the soil where it is safely stored. The process of absorbing and storing carbon is called sequestration and it’s part of the normal carbon cycle that man-made greenhouse gases have disrupted. Great tree and shrub choices include flowering Dogwood, White Oak, American Cranberry Bush (viburnum), Shadbush/Serviceberry, Winterberry and Redbud.

Where to Turn for Help Buying and Planting Your Native Trees and Shrubs

Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center in Westport is an excellent resource for native trees and shrubs. Bring in your questions about size and location, and they’ll advise you on where to plant. Be sure to plant with the right sun exposure and proximity to your home and other shrubs and trees to avoid having to move them when they’re bigger. Trees should not block windows, doors, walkways, etc. If you’d like to take a comprehensive approach to planning the addition of multiple native plants and shrubs, please contact our permaculture experts at Back to Nature for turnkey services.

Some Great Resources

Learn which trees and shrubs are native.

Learn more about why native shrubs are essential for carbon sequestration.

Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis.

How to erase 100 years of carbon emissions? Plant trees—lots of them.

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