Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Trees need water, especially during this heat

It's hot out there -- don't forgot that your trees need water. Via DCist is this helpful reminder from Casey Trees, an environmental nonprofit focusing on trees in DC, that trees need about 25 gallons of water a week (that's about 1.5 inches of rain). Plus if there are tree boxes in front of your house, it's your responsibility to water them.

Casey Trees has a tree watering guide and also this cool map, below, of street trees in DC.

Trees, as you probably know, help the environment by taking in greenhouse gases, plus they help keep the area cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather, increase property value, and they're nice to look at.

Interestingly, it looks like a lot of our streets have only one type of tree. And Oak Street has mainly maples:
Acer (Maple)
Quercus (Oak)
Ulmus (Elm)
Platanus (Sycamore)
Other (All Other Genera)


Anonymous said...

Hurray for trees!

Anonymous said...

Lots of the new trees in Columbia Heights are dead already. Those in front of Giant on Park Road come to mind. If replaced, I suspect the new ones will also be neglected and die this summer.

The Gup said...

this is wrong. i water the curbside tree in front of my house all the time.