Most celebrate Arbor Day in the spring by planting and caring for trees. But if you’re lucky enough to live in the Lone Star State, you may know Texas has its own special Arbor Day in the fall.
The reason for Texas Arbor Day boils down to the infamous Texas heat. In the spring, it isn’t unusual for temperatures to reach well into the 80s, and the heat index can sometimes feel like the 90s.
Planting and establishing a tree in high temperatures can be difficult. So, in 2013, Texas created its own Arbor Day – creatively named Texas Arbor Day – to be celebrated on the first Friday in November. With lower fall temperatures, Texans can plant new trees without worrying about the scorching heat, giving the trees a chance to ease into their surroundings before the cooler winter months arrive.