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Squirrels Plant Oaks

(credit:  Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Well, that’s a lot easier than getting out a shovel – let the squirrels do your planting.

Squirrels are happy to race around stuffing acorns in the ground – which is great because we really need more oak trees: to shade our homes, absorb rainwater and feed the birds and butterflies. Of course, the squirrels aren’t planting for you, they plan to come back and eat their acorns – but they always forget a few and many will germinate into oak trees next year.

You just sit back and watch them grow. Try not to run over oak seedlings with your lawn mower next spring – and while they’re just a few inches high, they’re easy to transplant – so if you find one in the wrong place, just move it to where you want it. Spread free crushed leaves around oak seedlings as free mulch and free fertilizer to help your free tree grow and with your free labor from the squirrels, who work for peanuts (or acorns), you can have lots of new trees planted on your property without spending any time or money yourself.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio