And you thought it was going to be a fun, easy, blow-off landscaping class.
Yeah that was me in college. It was the hardest class of my college career and it wasn’t even in my major! It was an elective. But if I’m being brutally honest this Arbor Day, it was one of my favorite classes of my college career. Maybe not right away, but somewhere in the midst of walking campus every other day identifying trees with a book the size of 5 encyclopedias, bringing home sticks, leaves, and berries, and meeting different people, it became one of my most favorite classes of my college career. Let me tell ya, my roommates were quite impressed with the collection of branches we had going on in our apartment!
Today, I laugh as I still find myself identifying trees – scientific names and all. The look on people’s faces kills me every time. Seriously, their faces alone, makes it all worth it.
In fact, at one time, one of our sales agronomists helped a customer think outside the box to discover a cure for oak wilt in Texas using some of our foliar fertilizers. Since then he has put together fertility programs for many other trees, including fruit trees.
So whether you’re identifying trees today, planting trees, or discovering cures for tree diseases, Happy Arbor Day!