Tree Planting and Care

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Trees cool the summertime air, filter dust and pollution, and absorb carbon dioxide while giving off oxygen. They reduce harsh traffic noise, provide food and cover for wildlife, and beautify our surroundings.

The Town of Cary encourages preservation of the urban forest to maximize the many benefits of trees. With special state legislative authority, the Town of Cary began regulating clear-cutting in July 2002. Cary has been a perennial recipient of the Tree City USA award.

Arbor Day

Observe Arbor Day as part of Cary's Earth Day celebration. Conduct a neighborhood tree search, walk among the trees or give your yard a tree checkup. Although spring is not prime tree-planting season in the South, it's a good time to reflect on the importance of trees. The Tree Checkup Guide has maintenance tips.

Arbor Day began more than a century ago on the plains of the Nebraska territory because of pioneers from the East who missed the beauty and benefits of trees.

tuliptreeThose who want to plant a tree in springtime should check mulched areas and shrub beds for seedlings that need transplanting. The smaller the seedling, the better the chance of survival. Trees such as maple, ash and dogwood germinate in the spring, and first-year seedlings are easier to move successfully. Oaks and other trees germinate in the fall.

The National Arbor Day Foundation lists nine things you should know about trees.

Benefits of Trees

Trees are property that, just like your house, can have monetary value. The US Forest Service provides an in-depth accounting of benefits of the urban forest.

Identifying Trees

The National Arbor Day Foundation has information on tree identification.

The Plant Information Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill lists common North Carolina trees. Also, browse the "white cards."

Tree Diseases

Emerald Ash Borer
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Places to Visit

The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is on the west side of Raleigh.
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is in Chapel Hill.
The N.C. Division of Forest Resources operates a system of educational state forests.


Just for Kids is provided by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources.


Kevin L. Steed
(919) 380-5704