Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret

It’s summertime again, or maybe finals time, if you are like me. Honestly, I am to the point where my brain is feeling simply fried and I absolutely need to unwind, but I also need to study and kind of want to have some summer fun, too. There is only one true solution to all of these problems…. Its about time I shared with you what may be Atlanta’s best park.

Grant Park is absolutely a fairytale. Its ancient trees make it shady and cool when it starts to warm up around here, but you can also always find a sunny spot on its rolling hills, where you can lay out a blanket of a towel and hit the books or catch a nap.

I should also mention that it is generally very empty. It is not eerie, or creepy, like you might find in some smaller parks, but it is peaceful. On some days it is so quiet you can even hear the lions roaring in the nearby zoo. That’s right, I wasn’t kidding when I said fairytale.

The park isn’t trying to “make a buck” on you either. If you want to splash in the park’s pool as the city slowly starts turning into “Hotlanta,” you can do it for free from 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM; prime swimming time.

Not only that, but as many of you many know the famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) Peachtree Road Race is rapidly approaching, and if you or a friend/ family member is looking for somewhere to train, don’t hit the gym, hit the park! Grant is very well known among runners for being great for light hill conditioning and varied terrain. Plus, it’s downtown, so you can get used to running in the city, and outdoors.

Of course you are probably busy, but there is no way, especially in the up and coming summer months, that you will be too busy to visit Atlanta’s most underrated park. It is about time for some “you” time, and time you checked out Atlanta’s best kept secret, Grant Park.

 

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Arbor Day

So the last Friday of every April is Arbor Day! (Arbor Day = trees, fyi.) We celebrated by taking a walk around our OnAir offices and capturing some of the greenery in downtown Atlanta.

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The greenery around here really makes Atlanta even more beautiful. And it helps improve the air quality!

What did you all do for Arbor Day? If you live in a sprawling city like Atlanta, did you try planting a tree? Let us know in a comment below!

Deforestation makes koalas sad.


We all know the impact that deforestation has on animals, and humans as well. It is common knowledge that we need trees to provide clean oxygen for us to breathe. You know, pretty standard. All living things need it.

But it’s possible to keep that kind of info at arm’s length most of the time. Until the internet hits you with the photo of a sad, homeless koala.

These were taken after a logging project in New South Wales. We understand that we are an ever-developing world and that deforestation is unfortunately a part of developing our cities all over the world. We also know that the environmental impact can get a lot more complicated than sad koala faces.

But still. Sometimes it just takes one sad koala face to get you talking  about the negative effects of deforestation. However, some may argue that it’s necessary. Here are some blurbs that show the argument for and against deforestation.

http://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/7d/14/ceissue3a2iiback4-inp-528011.pdf

What are your thoughts and opinions on deforestation? Is it necessary and a part of development? Or is it unnecessary and contributes to the extinction of endangered animals? Tell us about what you think!

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/confused-koala-discovers-his-home-has-been-cut-down.html

Plant a Tree for Clean Air

Did you know trees are the most effective air purifiers on earth? They are experts at capturing airborne particles and absorbing toxic pollutants in the air. And aside from cleaning the air, trees also cool the air and clean our soil. And fruit bearing trees not only provide cleaner air, but also create sustainable food sources.

So you can see why tree planting has its benefits. But how do you go about planting a tree?

1. Volunteer with an organization dedicated to planting trees in your area.
2. Purchase a tree with some friends or family and plant it yourself!

Volunteering
There are many benefits to volunteer tree planting. You don’t have to research trees or climate. You don’t have to find all the tools. You just show up and lend a hand! Check out a few of our favorite organizations and find your match!

Planting on your own
Are you more of a do-it-yourself-er? Then you might enjoy taking the reins and planting a tree on your own! So here’s how to plant your very own tree!

First, pick a place. Maybe it’s just your backyard, or maybe your neighborhood or school would like to get in on the action. Wherever you’re planting, do your homework—find out which trees will be best for the area you’re planting. Trees Atlanta has a list of tree suggestions and a list of questions to ask yourself before you plant: Right Tree, Right Place.

What you’ll need:

  • a tree sapling
  • shovels
  • a watering can or hose
  • mulch
  • compost or compost manure (optional)

Steps:

  • Prepare the hole. Dig a hole that is two to three times wider than the width of the tree’s root ball. Then, create a pedestal by making the edges of the hole deeper than the middle. This should give the tree a place to rest and the roots a chance to grow downward as well.
  • Prepare the tree. If it’s a small tree, you can probably just gently turn it upside down and shift it out of its pot. If it’s a medium or larger tree, the roots may be housed in a net or burlap bag, which may call for large scissors or a sharp knife. When cutting out the root ball, make sure to leave as much dirt around the roots as possible.
  • Gently place the tree into the hole. When you place it, the top of the root ball should be level with top of the hole. That means none of the root ball should be sticking out of the hole, but the ball also shouldn’t be deeper than the level of the undisturbed ground.
  • Cover the hole. When covering the hole, you may need to use some compost or composted manure the current soil is not rich enough. Make sure that you cover all of the tree’s root balls. But, do bury the crown (where the stem changes to root).
  • Water the newly planted tree. Water one gallon for ever six inches of tree height. Then, cover the upturned dirt with mulch. Follow by watering again.
    (Source: www.wikihow.com/Plant-a-Tree)

And voila, you’ve got a new tree! Keep watering it for the first few years while it gets established, and watch your natural air purifier grow!

Remember to upload a photo of your tree planting into the AirCreds tool for a whopping 20 points per tree!