In celebration of Arbor Day, Keep Pearland Beautiful will pass out native trees at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Native Pecan, Live Oak, Vitex “Shoals,” Vitex “Abbey,” regular Vitex, Desert Willow and Sumac tree seedlings will be the 2017 varieties passed out that day.
Two seedlings per Pearland household will be allowed and residents can have two of the same trees or two different seedlings.
The new seedlings should be planted in a gallon or larger container for its first few years, according to KPB members. This allows the seedlings to be nurtured and grown in a safe environment.
The KPB tree giveaway program was put into place to benefit both the city and its residents.
The city benefits in several ways. Trees provide shade and beautiful landscaping which attracts people to the area. Secondly, a thriving tree canopy in urban areas and neighborhoods helps keep temperatures down in the summer.
Planting trees around a residence increases energy efficiency of air conditioning systems in the summer.
Trees also offer benefits psychologically from having green spaces for living, according to KPB Executive Director Andrew Miller.
The Stella Roberts Recycling Center is located at 5800 Magnolia St. in Pearland. Tree seedlings will be on a first come first served basis.
Keep Pearland Beautiful is a non-profit environmental organization affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. and Keep America Beautiful, Inc. The mission of Keep Pearland Beautiful is to empower Pearland citizens to take responsibility for their environment.
For more information, visit KPB website www.mykpb.org or call 281-489-2795.
Story by Karolyn Gephart