ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES,
PLANT YOUR OWN TREE!

You are not alone. Your tree matters! Join the community of people around the world that are planting trees for Jane. Your trees all add up. You are making a difference!

PLANT YOUR OWN TREE FOR JANE

Planting one tree might seem like a small thing to do as we face such an enormous crisis. But Trees for Jane believes that everyone can make a difference. You plant one tree, but then thousands, maybe millions more like you around the world do the same—it all adds up to a more healthy and sustainable planet.

Beyond helping to save the climate and the environment, planting trees can be good for personal health, especially in urban areas where trees provide shade, beauty, joy, and many other benefits. Planting and caring for a tree can also be a great way to connect to nature.

Trees, like all living creatures, require ongoing care. And on a social level, tree planting can bring people together, serve to commemorate a special occasion, or be an excellent gift for someone special.

Children Planting Trees

CARING FOR YOUR TREE

When you follow the instructions below to plant and care for a tree for Jane, you contribute directly to our planet's re-greening. But keep in mind that planting and caring for a tree is a commitment. Please review our Trees for Jane instructions and guidelines to help ensure that your trees not only survive but thrive!

Alternatively, you can donate so others can plant a tree. Your contribution will be directed toward one of our many community-based larger scale projects. Whatever way you choose—it all adds up. We can all make a difference if everyone does their part!

Once you donate or register the tree(s) you planted for Jane, you will be issued your personalized digital Trees for Jane Certificate signed by Jane! Remember, be sure to take good care of that tree!
Tree planting tips from Jane and Mr. H

HOW TO PLANT YOUR TREE

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
– Chinese Proverb

For complete step-by-step instructions for selecting and planting your tree for Jane, please see our

TREE PLANTING GUIDE
Once you plant, you can have your tree(s) added to the official Trees for Jane count:
1

GET READY

  • Your tree will be "bare-rooted" and wrapped in a protective substance to hold the roots together, or it will come with the roots in dirt in a pot.
  • If your tree is bare-rooted, plant immediately to avoid roots drying.
  • If your tree is potted, to un-pot your tree, tip the pot over while holding the base of the tree, squeeze or tap the pot to loosen the soil. 
  • Gently separate the tree and the pot by holding the base of the tree and the bottom of the pot.
2

CHOOSE A LOCATION

  • Depending on whether your tree likes full sun or partial shade, choose an area that provides it with the light it needs.
  • Avoid planting your tree under telephone wires or nears solar panels where it may shade the panels when it grows up.
  • Choose a location where the tree can easily receive water on a regular basis.
3

PLANT

  • Dig a hole. Your hole needs to be big enough for your tree to sit fully inside. Otherwise, you risk the tree dying. 
  • Spread out the roots gently with your hands. If you see any damaged or twisted roots, cut them off. 
  • Set the tree in the hole to see how it fits. The "collar" (or "crown" or "root flare") should be just at soil level or a little above (to allow for mulch). 
  • Place dirt over and around it. Don't add anything to the dirt — no mulch, peat moss, or fertilizer.
  • Build a circular dirt dam around the outer edge of your tree planting area to retain water. 
  • Stomp dirt around the root ball firmly. This should create a small depression into which water can settle. 
4

WATER

  • Water the tree immediately after planting. This is critical for its survival.
  • Avoid stepping on the wet soil around the tree. 
  • Water the tree regularly until established.
  • Let the root zone dry out between waterings.
  • Do not water if temperatures approach or drop below freezing.
5

MULCH

  • Choose a mulch that is dry and hasn't been exposed to potentially harmful contaminants.
  • Mulch the surface of the soil around your newly planted trees two to four inches deep.
  • Don't pile the mulch up against the trunk—leave space for the trunk to breathe.
6

STAKE (IF NECESSARY)

  • Staking is often unnecessary. Occasionally, newly planted trees may require staking if they are too weak to stand on their own. Note: stakes should be removed as soon as the tree is established.
  • To stake, use one or two wooden stakes and pound them firmly into the soil 6-12 inches from the tree trunk. Pipe and rebar are too hard to pull out.
  • Rope, wires, or metal cable should never come into contact with tree stems or branches. Any material contacting the stem should have a broad and smooth surface.
  • Suitable materials to wrap around the tree stem and attach to the stake ropes, wires, or cables include wide canvas strapping, strips of old carpeting, bicycle inner tube, and burlap.
7

PRUNE

  • You will not need to prune your tree for a year after you plant.
  • You may trim broken, rubbing, and weak branches, but try not to remove more than 1/5 of the branches. 
  • After the first year, if there are shoots growing up from the bottom of the tree, trim these "suckers" back to the base.
  • Do not prune the top of the tree!
  • For fruit trees, seek out professional guidance from an arborist or handbook.
8

CARE AFTER PLANTING

  • Your tree will be "bare-rooted" and wrapped in a protective substance to hold the roots together, or it will come with the roots in dirt in a pot.
  • If your tree is bare-rooted, plant immediately to avoid roots drying.
  • If your tree is potted, to un-pot your tree, tip the pot over while holding the base of the tree, squeeze or tap the pot to loosen the soil. 
  • Gently separate the tree and the pot by holding the base of the tree and the bottom of the pot.
9

ENJOY

To plant trees is to give body and life to one's dreams of a better world. - Russell Page

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Trees for Jane Certificate

If you prefer, we can plant a tree for you by way of one of our Trees for Jane restoration Projects.

You can choose the amount you wish to donate. All funds that go towards forest restoration cover the cost of planting, care, and monitoring for at least a year.

Once you donate through Trees for Jane, you will be issued your personalized digital Trees for Jane Certificate signed by Jane!

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HOW WILL YOU TAKE ACTION?

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Donate to protect forests and support their indigenous guardians
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Donate to empower NGO/community partnerships to restore forests
RESTORE FORESTS
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Plant, register, and care for your own tree(s) for Jane.
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