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Trees For Georgetown in 2015/2016
Because we lost 22 newly planted trees to inclement weather (all replaced under warranty), Trees for Georgetown and our contractor, Casey Trees, decided to dig and transplant all trees in the 2015/2016 cycle in March 2016 to avoid any repeat of the previous year's planting. We successfully planted 58 new trees in spring 2016. Species planted include Hackberry, London Plane, Sweet Gum 'Happidaze' and 'Worplesdon', Carolina Silver Bell (Halesia), disease-resistant American Elm, Bald Cypress and Chinquapin, Overcup, Swamp White, Bur, and Willow Oaks. In our continuing efforts for diversity, the Bald Cypress and Chinquapin Oak.are our newest introductions. As always, regulation wrought iron fences were installed around each tree. Letters were hand-delivered to homeowners residing directly behind each new tree, as well as to neighbors on each side, with care instructions and a request to share watering, especially when any of them might be away. Included in our activities for the rest of 2016 are expanded efforts in street tree care education, including a possible collaboration with Tudor Place. We are also actively campaigning for the participation in our program of the younger and youngest residents of Georgetown at the Concerts in the Park events.
The Benefits of Urban Trees
Trees for Georgetown's purpose is to plant and maintain the trees that line the residential streets of our community. Working as a committee of CAG since 1989, Trees for Georgetown has planted nearly 2,000 trees, contracted watering services during drought periods and provided preventative maintenance of at-risk trees.
For several years, Trees for Georgetown has been partnering with the DC Urban Forestry Administration, and Casey Trees in an innovative program to plant residential street trees. Species planted include honey locust, burr oak, chestnut oak, overcup oak, scarlet oak, northern red oak, swamp white oak, sweetgum, zelkova, hornbeam, and London plane.
Each tree costs approximately $800 to purchase and plant. Trees for Georgetown is a volunteer group funded entirely by gifts and grants. Please support the continuing effort to keep our neighborhood vibrant and green. Donations may be sent to Trees for Georgetown, c/o the Citizens Association of Georgetown. For further information, you can email Betsy Emes at Betsyemes@aol.com or call the CAG office at 337-7313.
Street trees endure terrific stress and need your care. Please take pride in them and adopt a tree, new or established, near you. If you can do nothing else to help care for these trees, please water them. Trees for Georgetown has prepared a guide for tree care specially suited for Georgetown. Read "How You Can Help" Below to learn more.
In partnership with Casey Trees and the Urban Forestry Administration, Trees for Georgetown has inoculated elm trees on Q Street between 28th and 32nd Streets against Dutch Elm disease. This must be done periodically to stave off potential disease in these mature trees. Trees for Georgetown also injected these trees for mites.
For more information, please email Treesforgeorgetown@gmail.com or call (202) 337-7313.