JOOUST-Tree Planting day….Saturday 24th

Written by Gibson Kiplangat
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Tree planting is really one of the best things one can do for the environment and the planet. It is not a secret that trees help the environment but still one may not be surprised by all benefits that planting trees provide. Besides producing oxygen and extorting carbondioxide from the air, absorbing sound and reducing noise pollution, Protecting the Ozone layer, Trees have many other social, economic and environmental benefits.

Kampozone would therefore want to outline steps on how to Plant a tree;

1. Select a tree that’s appropriate for the site.By knowing if the soil heavy, sandy, wet, dry, acidic, alkaline?

Is the spot sunny, shady, windy, cold?

Choose a tree that will prosper under the local conditions. Also, pick a healthy tree: no broken .branches or scraped bark, and plenty of roots.

2. Dig the hole a few inches wider than the roots spread. If the soil is loamy and well drained, make the hole a few inches deeper than the root ball. If it’s heavy and clayey, make the hole a few inches shallower than the root ball and cover the top roots with soil and mulch.

This will raise the plant out of the hole some .to avoid poor drainage. In either case, don’t add compost or fertilizers, which may discourage the roots from moving out of the hole.

3. Poke the sides of the planting hole with  garden fork to loosen the surrounding earth.

Use the fork also to break up any large clods in the backfill earth.

4. Set the tree so the soil-level mark on the trunk is even with the top of the planting hole

(unless the soil is so heavy you need to raise the plant a bit out of the hole). You can eyeball this by laying your fork across the hole.

Remove any covering that the tree came in

(otherwise it may die from constricted roots)

and prune off any bad roots.

5. Spread the roots, backfill the hole halfway, and water the soil. Watering helps eliminate air pockets by packing the soil around the roots.

6. Complete the backfilling and create a low ridge around the hole to help hold in water. Spread peat moss, pine bark, compost, or other organic mulch around the tree (but no touching the trunk) to retain as much moisture

as possible and to suppress weeds.

7. Water the tree thoroughly now—and during dry weather for the first year. Until a tree’s roots have spread well out into its new home,

it is very vulnerable to water stress. If you plant it and forget it, it may die during a summer dry spell. So throughout that first year, nurse the tree when necessary. It should return the favor by growing healthy and strong for decades.

Did you know that; A single mature tree absorbs around 13pounds of Carbon dioxide a year, while a younger, actively growing tree may absorb upto 26pounds of Carbon dioxide per annum?..


We would therefore urge all students to turn up in large numbers and keep time on Saturday (24th Sept 2016) to this heroenous activity. It is not all about bettering, saving, replacing and multiplying trees..it is the aim of developing a mood and an outlook which will increasely make it natural to think for the future, for other people, for the generations yet unborn.

Mr Jooust & Health-Catering  Director Mr Billy Juma will attend the event.



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Gibson Kiplangat

I talk politics, walk politics, think politics, spend 99% of my time on politics. Am liberal, fearless and a man of quick action.

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