There is an old proverb that goes, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now." While this saying has always been true, there might not be a better "now" or "second best time" than now and this fall.
That's because between now and Nov. 30 (while supplies last), you can go online at www.trees.maryland.gov and print a coupon from the State of Maryland that will provide you with a $25 discount toward the purchase of a tree costing $50 or more, from a participating vendor.
You can plant the trees in your yard. What's more, you can print off and use as many of the coupons as you want to. What a deal!
So, what's this all about?
Well, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has a new initiative called "Maryland: Smart, Green & Growing," which is designed to help create a more sustainable future for Maryland. Part of this is a program called Marylanders Plant Trees, which has a goal of planting one million new trees across the state by 2011. A goal of 50,000 trees by 2010 has been set for private citizens.