In honor of Earth Day this week, The Bargainist wanted to help you green up the earth a bit by planting some trees and saving the ones we already have. We uncovered several places that offer cheap and even free trees. There are also options for those of you who don't want to get your hands dirty.
1. FreeTreesandPlants.com. It's as simple as the name. According to the site, Free Trees and Plants is based in Nebraska and they salvage unsold, high-quality nursery plants, shrubs, bulbs and saplings that otherwise would be destroyed. The company offers them through the website. All you pay is $7.95 for processing and shipping. It's a non-profit charity that also utilizes the help of disabled employees to process the orders.
2. GreenDimes.com. Since 2006, GreenDimes has helped hundreds of thousands of people stop their junk mail. What does that have to do with trees? Well, paper is made from trees and junk mail is made from paper. The group recently decided to use $5 million of their money to pay you to stop your junk mail. They must really hate junk mail, right? All you need to do is visit their website, sign up for GreenDimes Basic and prepare to watch your junk mail disappear. GreenDimes will pay you $1 just for doing it, or instead of having them waste paper sending you a one-dollar check, they'll use that $1 to plant a tree.
3. Your local forestry commission. Your state forestry commission is big on trees. Many grow them and then sell them at very reasonable prices. Take South Carolina for instance — according to their website, you can buy 10 Dogwoods for $30. Your local forestry commission may offer similar deals.
4. ArborDay.org. The Arbor Day Foundation's mission is to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. With a $10, six-month membership to the foundation, they'll send you ten free trees. You don't even have to pay for shipping and they'll include instructions. Your ten free trees are guaranteed to grow, or the Foundation will replace them for free. Or, if you prefer not to get your hands dirty, buy a Give-A-Tree Card. For $5.95, you'll receive a card you can give to someone else. With that greeting card the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a national forest that has been devastated by insects, disease and wildfires.
By Alison Storm
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