Trees for Free
Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation will distribute up to 500 young native trees to Arlington residents at no cost. The goal is to enhance Arlington’s urban tree canopy. These “trees” are “whips” ranging from 2–4 feet tall and are potted in two-gallon containers.
For more details and to sign up for a tree go to the County Website. Sign up for trees starts Sept 7. Only one tree per residential property.
In 50 years these tiny trees may grow to be as large as a mature tree that some developer is cutting down today.
Fed Up With Tree Loss
Lengthy discussion of tree loss on NextDoor.
Why Should We Care?
Trees are one of the primary buffers against urban heat. Trees both block and absorb heat, remove pollutants, and absorb greenhouse gasses that drive climate change. Studies have also attributed green space with other societal benefits: less crime, violence, respiratory illnesses, and even obesity. NCR: Earthbeat When a Single Tree Makes a Difference Arlington Tree Action Group
High Pollen Season Ahead
High levels of tree and grass pollen are forecast in the days ahead.
Pollen is highest in the early morning: between 5 & 10 AM.
Pollen.com Arlington Forecast
Diseased Brown Cedars in LV
These cypress trees in LV Park are infected with Seiridium canker. Spotted in several parts of LV, it is a fungal disease that kills trees and spreads from tree to tree. There is no chemical control available once an infection has taken place. Please cut down or trim any infected trees on your property to prevent spread.
Care is the best defense: minimize water loss and water competition with other plants such as turf. Mulch an area several feet beyond the lowest limbs. During hot, dry summer days, irrigate thoroughly around the base of each tree every 7-14 days. More info at the Extension Service
Developer Spare That Tree
Rampant development by spec builders is rapidly changing the character of Lyon Village and surrounding neighborhoods. A towering, 96-foot, 60-inch diameter, 175-210 year old, oak tree at 5920 N. 35th St, believed to be Arlington’s tallest outside the National Cemetery, is threatened by developers seeking to clear cut the lot where it stands. Full story at Falls Church News Press
Native Plant Seedling Sale
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation district’s annual seedling sale makes low-cost bare-root native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages are announced in January, go on sale in February 4th and are available for pickup in April.
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