How-To Guides

Video: Tips for Planting B&B Trees

Our crew has some helpful planting tips to solve common planting challenges that we saw last season. This is a short video staring one of our favorite tree planting crew members – Alex!

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Mature Tree Care

A mature tree provides value to your home and street. It shades and cools the air, reduces energy consumption, removes pollutants, and adds beauty to your neighborhood. Older trees require less active maintenance than newly planted trees. A well established tree will usually remain healthy in the absence of major stressors such as drought, construction, …

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Young Tree Care

Congratulations on Your New Tree The care you provide in the first three years after planting is critical for the tree’s long-term health. During this establishment period, the tree has less ability to absorb the water and nutrients it needs and is more vulnerable to physical damage. This brief guide will give you the information …

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Tree Space Design: Growing the Tree out of the Box

Tree Space Design: Growing the Tree Out of the Box covers design recommendations to provide street trees with adequate soil volume while maintaining sufficient space for pedestrian circulation. The document includes a matrix of soil volume recommendations and root-friendly design methods intended for inclusion in design standards and use in individual projects, with the goal …

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The Urban Tree Selection Guide

This Urban Tree Selection Guide provides key information for selecting trees suitable for landscapes in the urban Mid-Atlantic. This region includes Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the parts of New Jersey, New York and North Carolina that drain into related waterways of the central region. Download the PDF

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Video: How to Water a Tree

Water you trees please! Some watering tips: For newly planted trees (planted 1 – 3 years ago): These trees are the most susceptible to damage/death due to inadequate water. But you should prioritize which trees to water by starting with those trees located in areas with limited soil – think street trees and those surrounded …

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How To Select Trees

Not all trees sold commercially are equal. Purchasing a tree should be considered an investment, so take your time in selecting the right one and visit several nurseries if necessary. When inspecting a tree, whether ball and burlapped (B&B), containerized or bare root, be sure to look at both above- and below-ground qualities before purchasing. …

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Right Tree, Right Place

Use this resource to help select the right type of tree for your yard. Growing space both above and below ground should be considered when selecting a tree to plant. Too often allowances are not made for the increased size of the tree when it matures. Most problems can be avoided by selecting the proper …

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Video: How to Plant

How to Plant a Balled and Burlapped Tree How to Plant a Containerized Tree Properly planting a tree is simple but does require some advance preparation. Doing so will ensure your tree thrives once it is in the ground. The below instructions are for ball and burlapped (B&B) and containerized trees. Identify a suitable planting …

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Video: How to Prune

How to Prune: Basic Pruning How to Prune: Small Branch Pruning How to Prune: Large Branch Pruning How to Prune: Why We Prune and What Tools to Use How to Prune: Training Your Tree

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How to Care for Trees

Newly planted trees – those planted within the past three years – require regular water and care to thrive. Failing to do so can result in your tree not reaching its full potential size, as well as making it vulnerable to pests and disease or death. Follow these simple, time-saving steps to properly care for …

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Citizen Advocate Handbook

The award-winning Citizen Advocate Handbook is designed to empower District residents to stand up, speak out, and fight for D.C.’s trees. Loaded with sample comments and helpful information about the relevant policies and agencies, the Handbook is a comprehensive resource that provides residents with everything they will need to advocate for trees in our great …

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