Stormwater Tips 2024
Right Tree, Right Place
Do you want to know: How to pick the right spot to plant a tree?
Many troubles can come by not deciding on the right tree location before you plant:
- Damage to houses through cracked foundations.
- Clogged gutters from leaves.
- Cracked pavement of sidewalks, driveways, porches, and patios.
- Storm damage and electric problems from tree limbs.
- Problems with underground utilities and/or infrastructure.
Here are a few steps to take in consideration before planting a tree on your property.
Help regrow Valdosta and reduce environmental impacts!!
Winter is one of the best times to plant a tree! Many excellent varieties are available at your local nursery, with some of the best trees available in the winter. Your new tree will use the winter dormant season to establish new roots. When spring arrives, your tree will be on its way to providing shade for generations to come.
While it may seem obvious that planting a tree is a good thing, here are some reasons which may not have occurred to you.
- Well-placed trees can save you money on your utility bills. In the summer, trees shade your roof and windows and cool the air around your house as they breathe. In the winter, evergreens can block cold north winds.
- Trees of course clean the air by creating oxygen and keep our city cooler by reducing the “heat island” effect, caused by concrete and asphalt storing and reflecting heat.
- Trees are increasingly recognized for their importance in managing runoff. Their leaf canopies help reduce erosion caused by falling rain. They also provide surface area where rainwater lands and evaporates. Roots take up water and help create conditions in the soil that promote infiltration.
The best time to plant a tree in Valdosta is between November and March.
Halloween will be here before you can say, “Boo!” So, as you prepare for that spooky, kooky holiday coming up, take a few minutes to incorporate these simple stormwater-friendly tricks and tips into your fall activities.
- Ban that bag
When your little superheroes and princesses go trick-or-treating, be sure they use a reusable bag to collect their treats. Canvas bags and pillowcases are great alternatives to plastic or even paper bags, and they are much sturdier.
- Don’t be a trash monster
Remind your little trick-or-treaters to never throw candy wrappers on the ground as they’ll flow into our creeks and rivers once the next rain event happens.
- Recycle costumes
When photos last forever, and every Halloween requires a new look, A LOT of costumes end up getting worn once and discarded. Instead of tossing your costumes in the trash, or banishing them to a box in the attic, why not give them to charity? You can also trade with family and/or friends, OR stuff ‘em and use them in your garden as scarecrows!
- October 20: Rivers Cleanup
- November 14: Fall Electronic Recycling Day
- November 9: "Love Where You Live” Monthly Road Cleanup
- November 21: "Love Where You Live” Monthly Road Cleanup
- December 16: "Love Where You Live” Monthly Road Cleanup
For more information or to volunteer, please call Angela Bray at 229.259.3530. Remember, only rain goes down the storm drain!