The Chicago region has lost more than 13 million trees in recent years, and we need residents to help restore the crucial benefits lost with these trees.
The Plant Trees Digital Campaign was designed to inspire homeowners to plant and care for trees and provide them with the resources they need.
Below are useful tips and resources on the scientifically proven benefits of trees, how to plant a tree, and how to care for your new tree. You can also search all of CRTI’s resources through our resource library.
The Benefits of Trees
Trees do amazing things for our health and comfort. Trees clean the air and water, help manage stormwater, help cool and save energy, improve property values, create habitat for wildlife, and provide significant social and health benefits. In short, trees improve quality of life.
Want to learn more? Here are a few resources that discuss the benefits of trees, supported by science.
How to Plant Trees
If you want help planting a tree, CRTI can connect you with professionals who can provide advice or assistance. If you want to do it yourself, there are many resources available to guide you from start to finish, including The Morton Arboretum’s Horticulture Care, Plant Clinic and YouTube Videos.
5 Steps to Planting a Tree
The best way to ensure a long-lived tree is to plant one that is adapted to your existing site conditions. Check out this list of considerations compiled by the University of Illinois Extension.
Consider planting a native, resilient tree. The Morton Arboretum’s Northern Illinois Tree Selector is great for identifying the right tree for your site, whether your focus is native trees, street trees, evergreens, fall color, or other exciting possibilities. Large, shady trees planted in the right place can help cool your home and reduce energy costs.
You can use this online resource from the Illinois Green Industry Association to search for garden centers near you. You can also search for other professionals for help.
View The Morton Arboretum’s guide to planting trees.
How to Care for Trees
Here are several resources that will help you turn your new sapling into a strong, resilient adult tree.