Resources, Post-Storm: Everything You Need To Know

Now that the most recent storm has passed, the rainfall and winds have finally escaped us. The streets and sidewalks hold evidence of the winds force and the rain’s weight, with leaves and twigs askew across sidewalks and streets alike. But, with each great storm comes a new beginning.

There are tools at your disposal that can help us here at Casey Trees jump-start that new beginning, and it’s important that you know about them. They deal with any issues you may have with a trees in your neighborhood, or your property, and how to solve them:

  • If you noticed a street tree – a tree located between the sidewalk and street – with damaged limbs (or completely fallen), call the Citywide Comment Line at 311. You can dial 311 via your phone, or go to 311.dc.gov to file a request – or, you can utilize the new 311 smartphone application for Android or iPhoneBe ready to provide them with a street address or intersection of where the damaged tree is located. You will be given a reference number that will allow you to track the request.
  • If your’s or a neighbor’s property has a downed or damaged tree, it is important that they be promptly examined by a certified arborist to determine structural stability, prevent or treat infection and/or provide restoration pruning. While lawn care professionals are great and potentially more affordable than arborists, they are not tree experts – and you are responsible for trees on your property.
  • If you have to remove your tree, we have a number of programs that may help you with a replacement tree:

    • Tree Rebate Program: If you’re willing to plant a tree on private residential or commercial property in D.C., we’re able to give you a rebate of up to $50 back on each small to large canopy tree purchased, and up to $100 on each large canopy tree purchased.
    • Community Tree Planting Program: We’ll come help you plant for individuals/groups who identify locations for 10 or more trees.
    • RiverSmart Homes Shade Tree Program: We’ll come to your home and consult with you about where and what species shade tree is appropriate for your home – once determined, your planting date will be determined and we’ll plant the tree ourselves for a $50 copay.

  • When replacing storm-damaged trees, consider a species’ susceptibility to damage: certain trees are inherently more prone to storm damage than others. Generally, fast growing trees have weaker wood and are more susceptible to failure in a storm, as well as trees that tend to grow co-dominant stems or have a horizontal branching habit.
  • While these trees are more prone to suffer damage or fall in a storm, their greater susceptibility is not a reason to not plant them (with the exception of the Bradford pear, which is an invasive. Remember – a diverse urban forest is a healthy urban forest.)
  • Stronger, more storm-resistant species include:

    • American hornbeam
    • Sweetgum
    • Kentucky coffeetree
    • Oak
    • Bald cypress
    • Beech
    • For more information on different tree species, consult our Tree Species Library.

  • For even more help, and great visuals, when planting your own tree, consult our planting tutorial videos on a range of topics, including how to plant both balled and burlapped trees and containerized trees, as well as watering.
  • And lastly, if you’re looking to find some answers to questions that you’re not sure about, you can always consult our Tree Talk Thursday online chat about weathering storms.

While there is an initial cost to installing and maintaining a tree, the investment and all the benefits of planting a tree are well worth it.

Don’t forget that the next time a storm cloud rolls through!

3 Responses

  1. Joshua Kerrigan says:

    This is a great post, I think you should turn it into a 2 or 3 part series.

  2. Ace says:

    I was thinking about Casey Trees and the DC trees during this terrible storm. Two of the biggest trees in my area (Arlington) were knocked down by Sybil, but the little trees left in our hood bore the winds gracefully.

  3. Ace says:

    PS — Of all the hornbeams in DC near the Fed Triangle Station only one tree lost one limb. Resilient for sure!!!If I am not mistaken, the Hornbeams is related to the Ironwood tree.