Keep America Beautiful Kicks Off Registration for 2013 National Planting Day

August 23, 2013 - 10:56

Keep America Beautiful and its affiliates and partners are mobilizing Americans to bolster local ecosystems by planting native species of plants, trees and shrubs on its second annual National Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and its affiliates and partners are mobilizing Americans to bolster local ecosystems by planting native species of plants, trees and shrubs on its second annual National Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Through National Planting Day, KAB aims to raise awareness about the importance of native species in restoring balance to local environments, while creating vibrant, more beautiful communities. Anyone can participate simply by committing to use native species for your fall planting efforts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s People’s Garden Initiative is also joining KAB in these efforts by calling upon the more than 1,900 People’s Gardens across the country to participate in National Planting Day. Communities that wish to be recognized for growing a “People’s Garden” are also encouraged to take part in National Planting Day by incorporating sustainable practices such as planting native species.

The U.S. Composting Council is joining KAB in promoting National Planting Day by reminding the public of the importance of using compost when planting to provide essential organic matter to soils, adding vital water-holding capacity, helping soil retain nutrients longer, improving soil structure and supporting local organic recycling programs.

For more information on special planting activities or to register your event, visit www.kab.org

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