RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.


Did you receive a sapling from RETREET or another organization for Earth Day or Arbor Day? Not sure what to do with it? Read the instructions below, provided by our friends at Tree Town USA!


Plant your tree in a small pot, 1-3 gallons in size. Make sure to use good soil with lots of organic matter content. The richer the soil, the more nutrients the tree will have to grow!

Place the potted tree in an outdoor location where it gets moderate to full sun.

Water your tree every day for two weeks. Make sure the water drains. This will help your tree get acclimated to its new environment.

After two weeks, only water your tree every 2-3 days. This will make your tree grow roots in search of water, allowing it to form a good rootball in the soil.

If you live in a place where it gets really hot over the summer, start watering your tree every day again when the heat starts. If your tree starts to wilt, it needs water!

Plant your tree in the ground next winter. Regularly water your tree for a year while it is getting established. 



Some of our favorite links from the past week:

The Bamboo Bikes Initiative in Ghana teaches women how to build bicycles using resources that are available locally.

Qatar has epic plans to turn the desert into a lush forest.

Lance Armstrong give us a sneak peak into his new gig, fixing flats.

Ghost Forests allow us to know precisely when an earthquake struck.

Arbor Day and Earth Day are coming up fast! Lots of cause to celebrate. Get on your bikes and ride!