What do a Spanish priest, a US President, and an Atlanta tree service have in common? Trees, of course! Are you ready for the last Friday in April? We sure hope so because Arbor Day is upon us here in Atlanta.

Arbor Day dates back to a Spanish village where in 1805 a local priest decided to hold a festival to plant trees while Napoleon was ravaging the rest of the European continent. Convinced that trees improved health and the environment, don Ramon Vacas Roxo held a three-day festival which featured dinners, dancing, and focused on planting trees in the village.

The first American Arbor Day was held in 1872 in Nebraska; however, it took presidential support to get the holiday firmly established in American culture. President Theodore Roosevelt issued a press release “To the school children of the United States,” in 1907:

It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the Nation’s need of trees will become serious….A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless; forests which are so used that they can not renew themselves will soon vanish, and with them all their benefits….When you help to preserve our forests or to plant new ones you are acting the part of good citizens. The value of forestry deserves, therefore, to be taught in the schools, which aim to make good citizens of you.

Three Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day in Atlanta

We believe President Roosevelt, as an ardent conservationist, would be pleased with today’s efforts to preserve and protect our natural resources. How can you get involved this year?

  • Plant a tree in honor of a loved one. Watching a tree grow is a great way to mark time as a young one grows up or to remember a loved one who has passed.
  • Get involved in a neighborhood initiative. Across Atlanta, citizens like you are responsible for planting nearly 100,000 trees since 1985.
  • Work with your local school to start an Arbor Day program to carry on President Roosevelt’s important legacy.

Regular trimming and removal of dead limbs is a critical step in maintaining the health of your existing trees. Even if you don’t plant new trees this year, contact us, your tree service Atlanta, to evaluate the health of your trees and make maintenance recommendations for the coming summer.