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If you are inclined to talk with trees

From: Dr. Jim Conroy and

If you are inclined to talk with trees--and aside from the practical things you can do--here is another way you can help your trees through Hurricane Sandy. (Or send help, if you are elsewhere.) Go outside and walk among your trees and plants on your property. You may also touch them. In your heart, say the following phrases to all your trees and plants. (If you are elsewhere, ask your trees to send these wishes to the trees on East Coast USA.)

1. I care for you. There is a big storm coming.

2. Roots, please grip soil and earth with all your might.

3. Trunk, branches, and stems, please be supple and bend like a dancer.

4. Leaves, please drop if you can, or become slippery and turn on edge so the wind-driven rain slips past you or any snow slips off.

5. Community of Green Beings, please tighten your web of connections.

6. Ecosystem, please become connected and interconnected.

7. Element of Earth, please hold roots tight.

8. Element of Air, please caress, not assault.

9. Element of Water, please flow smoothly over.

10. Element of Fire, please give strength to the whole.

11. Spirit of the Land, please meet the Spirit of the Storm with serenity.

Please do this more than once in the coming days, if you can. When the storm arrives, see to your own well-being first. Continue to send these messages to your trees, even from inside the house or from afar. © Dr. Jim Conroy and

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The Kentucky Coffeetree provides great diffuse shade in the summer, but its spare branching allows light and warmth into your home in the winter.This legume fixes nitrogen in the soil, and the compound leaves filter light, allowing a thicker, greener yard. It is considered highly storm damage resistant, so is a good choice to plant near buidlings.  

It grows about 60 feet tall and spreads 40 to 50 feet. While the seed pods can be quite beautiful, you can choose the Espresso variety if you’d like a tree without. We are offering Kentucky Coffeetree at several residential tree distribution events, including:  Cerro Gordo county, Lee County, Story County, and Tama County. Click on the following link to download order forms.

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