Trees for Houston, Bay City P&R to plant 50 trees, give away 500

   Trees for Houston and Bay City Parks and Recreation partner to plant 50 trees in parks and give away 500 (3-5 gallon) trees to residents to plant.
   The giveaways are open residents to obtain and plant up to two free trees in a yard or lawn on private property.
   We have selected redbuds, live oaks and loblolly pines for residents to plant and red maples to plant in the parks.
   Fall is the best time to plant trees in Texas – before the first frost.
   The cooler weather allows the trees to adapt to the planting site without the threat of scorching heat.
   Trees planted in the fall have more time to develop their root systems, and with proper planting and care, will have a higher survival rate than those planted in the spring.
   Residents can drop by the Parks and Recreation Office (1209 10th Street) on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. – noon to pick up their two trees and instructions on how to plant and care for the tree while supplies last.
   Here is more information on how the giveaways work:

  •     Participants take their trees home to plant in a yard, garden or commercial property.
  •     Participants must agree to the following terms:
  •     Plant the tree.
  •     Keep trees properly watered and maintained.
  •     Do not plant the tree along streets, sidewalks or in city parks.

   “We are very fortunate for this opportunity to partner with Trees for Houston” said Shawn Blackburn, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bay City.
   “This group has planted over half of a million trees in Southeast Texas over the past 36 years.
   “I want to thank Katherine Newton, Projects Director with Trees for Houston for the generous donation that will benefit Bay City both in savings of the direct costs and the future value the trees will bring to our community for many generations to come.”
   Trees for Houston wants everyone to know there are several reasons to plant trees.
   Trees reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, and particulates that trigger respiratory illnesses.
   Through the process of photosynthesis, trees provide us with the oxygen we need in order to breathe. Exposure to nature and green space benefits our social, psychological and physical health.
   Trees help reduce temperatures and utility consumption by shading buildings and concrete.
   In addition to providing shelter for wildlife, trees are a food source for many species of animals.
   Trees also absorb and clean excess rainwater through their roots, which helps hold the soil in place preventing erosion.
   For more information, the giveaway or to volunteer to help plant trees in the park, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 979-323-1660 or  

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