Fun Facts for Kids
- Planting a tree removes harmful carbon monoxide from the air and creates enough Oxygen for 2 people for the rest of their lives. I’m sure you have all heard about the initiative from NYC to plant over a million trees in the next few years. Trees filter the air we breathe, create homes for wildlife and beautify our property.
- Organic Fertilizers are safe for kids and pets to walk on in your yard. Whatever we put on our lawn or plants runs into our watering systems below our ground – make sure to tell your parents to use only organic foods on your lawn and plants.
- If your school is doing a project with plants or compost – please let us know if we can help you.
- Trees make life nicer. It has been shown that spending time among trees and green spaces reduces the amount of stress that we carry around with us in our daily lives.
- Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees.
- Tree lined streets have a traffic calming effect, traffic moves more slowly and safely
- Trees reduce the urban heat island effect through evaporative cooling and reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches parking lots and buildings. This is especially true in areas with large impervious surfaces, such as parking lots of stores and industrial complexes.
- Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.
- Trees reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding.
- Children have been shown to retain more of the information taught in schools if they spend some of their time outdoors in green spaces.
- BEES – When a bee visits a garden, its goal is not to sting you! Bees come for the blooms. According to the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, bees pollinate 80 percent of the flowering plants and 75 percent of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the U.S. A garden, designed to attract bees, will increase your harvest and provide food and nectar for these tiny buzzing creatures.
- BIRDS – Birds provide natural pest control by eating a variety of insects, including aphids, mosquitoes, spiders and other bugs that you don’t want in the garden. Some birds, such as hummingbirds and orioles, are efficient pollinators of garden flowers. This can give your flowerbeds added color from extra blooms. And, extra blooms will attract even more birds! Finches, towhees and sparrows love to nibble on weed seeds, which will help control your weed problem without resorting to harsh chemicals.
- BATS – A bat can consume up to 1200 insects an hour – and they love mosquitoes. So why not let the bats eat those pesky mosquitoes before the mosquitoes eat you?! The bat’s diet also includes many moths that are the adult form of worms that like to eat your plants. And their bat poop (known as guano) is a low odor source of phosphorus and nitrogen, great for fertilizing the garden.
Kids – Bees, Bats and birds all play pivotal roles in creating and maintaining your gardens. They help with pollination, eat harmful insects and help create a healthy ecosystem. So, instead of shooing them away, there are reasons to invite these critters into your yard or garden!