Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you visit the website Charlotte Tree Plan and read about the benefits of urban trees you’ll be encouraged to plant the largest shade tree possible in your yard this fall. For us, fall is the best time to add new trees and shrubs to our landscape, the roots can grow during the winter making the plant stronger when next summer’s hot weather rolls around. At the Charlotte Tree Plan page, you’ll see the many benefits residents of the Queen City receive from their urban forest. Carbon sequestration is one major benefit --the need for which becomes more evident as we see the effects of climate change. As trees photosynthesize they naturally sequester carbon in their woody structure, the trees of Charlotte passively remove and capture four hundred and seventy thousand tons of CO2 from the air each year.