Blog Post By Jona Elwell

10 Things to Do for Trees

Whether you want to get your hands dirty or not, there are so many ways for you to help trees – some can be done right now!

  1. Sit Back, Relax, and Support Our Mission
    There’s no easier way to support your city’s trees — you simply designate a monthly contribution to be charged to your credit card account, then sit back, relax, and grow trees! Casey Trees Members truly exemplify what it means to be a dedicated member of the local community and an irreplaceable ambassador for our city’s trees. Make your lasting investment today and start supporting trees year-round.
  2. Knowledge is Power
    The more you know about the environment you’re in, the more invested you are in it. That goes for your trees! Learning to identify trees is a fun and eye-opening experience, and one you can take with you wherever you go. Our Your City, Your Trees on-demand, quick, online classes guide you on how to identify trees by their showy leaves, pretty buds, and notable bark.
  3. Ensure a Green, not Gray, Future for DC
    Whether you give $1 or $100, each and every dollar helps us towards our goal of 40% canopy in DC by 2042. Trees, parks, gardens, and other green spaces bring a much-needed vibrancy to DC. Your support ensures we can continue to deliver on the adage, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is right now”. Since all our benefits are completely tax-deductible, your entire donation still goes towards restoring, enhancing, and protecting our urban canopy!
  4. Show Your Love
    Wear your heart on your sleeve! Your heart that is full of love for DC’s trees, that is. We have masks for all your 2020 needs, custom Yeti insulated ramblers to keep your drink cold, and more. Better yet? Every purchase in our online store goes directly to our mission to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of our nation’s capital.
  5. Spread the Love
    Spread trees throughout the city – plant some! We have a plethora of ways for trees to get in the ground, whether on public or private property. Whether your house, school, church, or park could use some tree cover, some beautiful blooms, feisty foliage, or some grand greenery, we can professionally plant a tree for little or no cost to you!
  6. Share the Love
    You know you love trees; we know you love trees, but do you share your love of trees with the world? We’re active on most social media platforms, sharing knowledge, alerts, and the occasional tree nerd meme. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tweet us your favorite and/or least favorite urban tree related findings.
  7. See Something, Say Something
    Does a street tree on your block have a branch that looks funky? Maybe a tree box outside your house has sat sad and vacant for too long. While the city manages trees in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the street), they can’t help issues they don’t know about. Submit any and all tree related requests to the city via 311.
  8. Speak Up
    It’s no secret that development is booming in DC. Cranes loom over downtown and everywhere you turn there is a new construction permit or sign. While some development is welcome and good for a city, it’s crucial that trees and greenspace is preserved and expanded in the DMV. We work with local officials, like minded organizations, and government entities big and small to submit public comments, provide testimony, and give feedback on a number of development plans throughout the District. Don’t feel like testifying in front of the DC Council? Don’t worry, we have so many ways to stand up for trees.
  9. Water, Water Everywhere
    Young trees have a tough life in the city, and they need all the help they can get. While you water trees, plants, and shrubs on your property consider filling up the Gator Bags or soaking your street trees. They’ll thank you! Young trees need 25 gallons of water a week to survive. Follow our Weekly Watering Alerts throughout the summer to keep tabs on whether or not to take out the hose.
  10. Mulch Ado
    Mulch helps keeps the soil surrounding a tree nice and moist (and makes your life easier by keeping weeds in check!) It’s key to apply mulch in a doughnut shape around the tree trunk – stacking the mulch around the trunk can deprive a tree of air, water and nutrients it needs to develop and grow. Stick to our 3-3-3 rule: 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot ring with a 3-inch space around the tree trunk.

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