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Gift a sapling, multiply green wealth

Anupam Srivastava, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 19, 2013
First Published: 11:00 IST(19/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:05 IST(19/6/2013)

It’s that time of the year which is most conducive for multiplying the ‘green wealth’. So why not do your bit for the environment and gift plants or saplings to loved ones? Not only will this cost less, the gesture will also give you the satisfaction of contributing to the green cover of the city.

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Monsoon is said to be the best time for planting saplings and avid gardeners are now toiling to make their lawns and gardens even more beautiful. “This is the right time to plant a sapling, which would cost just between Rs. 15 and Rs. 60 but would make a big difference in the neighbourhood,” said agriculture and forestry professor at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Rajesh Singh. “The fields are dehydrated by scorching summers during April and May so survival of plants during that period is challenging. But when rains start during the month of June, the earth, after the dry spell, starts absorbing water and moisture.”

Planting during this period is desirable, as maintenance is taken care of by Mother Nature. Peepal, Banyan and Kadam are among the plants that thrive most during this period. They settle easily due to moisture in the soil and it helps a great deal in anchoring the root system.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation garden superintendent Gangaram Gautam said, “LMC also prefers the monsoon for plantation, because maximum growth of a plant is ensured when water is provided regularly, and chances of saplings growing big are much more if planted in the initial stages of the monsoon.”

Mayor Dinesh Sharma, who planted around 3 lakh saplings last year said, “I would like to appeal to people to contribute in increasing the green cover. By spending just Rs. 20 and taking care of a life for just three months, one can get green surroundings, which would give you shade during the heat, and keep the place free from pollution.” He added, “This year too, I have a target of planting more than 2 lakh saplings. People can get in touch for us to plant saplings, especially in areas where there is little green cover.”

Nursery owner Shyam Kumar said, “There are two kinds of plants that are in demand during the monsoon-one is the kind with long life; the second variety is of ornamental plants. Plants like Peepal, Banyan, Maulshree, Kadam, Neem and Chitwan are long-life plants, while saplings of Gulmohar, blue Gulmohar, Ticoma, Kaner and Ficus fall under the ornamental category.” Residents can also buy saplings from the forest department offices or government gardens in Alambagh or Aliganj.


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