We Can’t Plant in the Summer, So Here’s How Volunteers Helped
Restoring, enhancing, and protecting our nation’s capital goes far beyond planting trees! Especially in the summer months when the temps are too hot to plant. One critical part of our mission to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of our nation’s capital that is not explored to its fullest potential? The ‘protect’ part. A key piece of this is caring for young trees that are already in the city by watering and maintaining them to ensure their establishment into strong, stable, mature canopy trees.
This summer, we successfully held five care events and had over 60 people help out. We cared for over 300 trees at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dakota Playground, Langdon Park, along Gallatin Street NE, and at Brookland’s very own Turkey Thicket. Our Langdon Tree Care event we even beat our event record and cared for a staggering 101 trees!
The work we do at these care events is incredibly important for aiding our trees. These young trees need all the help they can get especially during the critical adjustment period of the first few years after transplant. Removing weeds and adding fresh mulch allows the trees to better absorb surrounding nutrients and retain water especially through these hot summer days in the district. Additionally, getting eyes on our trees and taking care of any issues while they are young will benefit their well-being for years to come.
Join us outside – we need trees and trees need us:
Photos courtesy of Veronica Frazier