Planting Trees with Friends of the Urban Forest
It turns out tree-planting is a pretty complicated process. When we signed up to plant trees with Friends of the Urban Forest, we had thought it would be as simple as digging a hole in the ground and putting a young tree in said hole. Fill the hole in with soil, give it a couple nice pats, and you’re done. Right? Not so fast. We learned there’s actually an incredible amount of care and thought that goes into planting a young sapling, including measurements for the roots and structures to protect the tree from strong winds. When the day’s planting was completed, we definitely knew more about soil quality and crosswinds than either of us ever expected to know! Friends of the Urban Forest, or FUF, is an awesome non-profit in San Francisco that helps individuals and groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens across SF. There are numerous benefits to having more trees in the city, including cleaner air, reduced polluted stormwater runoff, and, of course, a more beautiful city to live in. FUF is responsible for planting about half of all trees on San Francisco streets. That’s around 50,000 trees. Pretty impressive.
After heading home from volunteering, we noticed our street was looking a little barren. We went on FUF’s website and requested some trees in our neighborhood! In the coming weeks, we'll be grabbing shovels and joining some neighbors in making our street a little better.