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Trees For Georgetown 2018

The annual Trees for Georgetown tree planting took place in early March. You may have noticed seeing a brand-new tree on your block! Now it’s up to you to make sure it survives. 

This year CAG's Trees for Georgetown program planted 70 trees, which is a bit more than last year. Of the trees I noticed, I saw London planes, a swamp oak, a white birch, a cypress tree, a linden tree and a rubber tree. On my own block, there is a London plane, which replaced a maple that was cut down last year. 

Neither Trees for Georgetown nor the city is going to provide the care necessary to make sure these new trees survive. That is entirely up to the residents who live near the tree. So, if there is a new tree on your block, make sure somebody adopts it (or just adopt it yourself). The crucial goal is this: 25 to stay alive. In other words, the new tree needs 25 gallons of water every week to survive. If you don’t have a hose bib on the front of your house and can’t water the tree yourself, try to find a neighbor who can, or who will let you use their spigot. 

But don’t start watering it yet. Wait until the leaves come out, then start. It’s easiest to purchase a gator bag and fill it once a week. Keep doing this until the leaves fall in the autumn. Then do it again next year. And the next. And the next. And probably the next, although at that point the roots ought to be deep enough. Nonetheless, even then if a hot and dry spell hits, you ought to water the tree again. 

It will pay you back! I started caring for a London plane on my block in 2013. It only had a diameter of about three inches at the time and was only about 12 feet tall. Five years later and the trunk is almost a foot in diameter and the tree is at least thirty feet tall. Trees take patience but not that much. 

- Topher Mathews

article from his online blog Georgetown Metropolitan

Trees For Georgetown in 2015/2016

Because we lost 22 newly planted trees to inclement weather (all replaced under warranty), Trees for Georgetown and our contractor, Casey Trees, decided to dig and transplant all trees in the 2015/2016 cycle in March 2016 to avoid any repeat of the previous year's planting. We successfully planted 58 new trees in spring 2016. Species planted include Hackberry, London Plane, Sweet Gum 'Happidaze' and 'Worplesdon', Carolina Silver Bell (Halesia), disease-resistant American Elm, Bald Cypress and Chinquapin, Overcup, Swamp White, Bur, and Willow Oaks. In our continuing efforts for diversity, the Bald Cypress and Chinquapin Oak.are our newest introductions. As always, regulation wrought iron fences were installed around each tree. Letters were hand-delivered to homeowners residing directly behind each new tree, as well as to neighbors on each side, with care instructions and a request to share watering, especially when any of them might be away. Included in our activities for the rest of 2016 are expanded efforts in street tree care education, including a possible collaboration with Tudor Place. We are also actively campaigning for the participation in our program of the younger and youngest residents of Georgetown at the Concerts in the Park events.


The Benefits of Urban Trees

Trees for Georgetown's purpose is to plant and maintain the trees that line the residential streets of our community. Working as a committee of CAG since 1989, Trees for Georgetown has planted nearly 2,000 trees, contracted watering services during drought periods and provided preventative maintenance of at-risk trees.

For several years, Trees for Georgetown has been partnering with the DC Urban Forestry Division (UFD) and Casey Trees in an innovative program to plant residential street trees. Species planted include honey locust, burr oak, chestnut oak, overcup oak, scarlet oak, northern red oak, swamp white oak, sweetgum, zelkova, hornbeam, and London plane.

Each tree costs approximately $1500 to purchase, plant, and install regulation tree-boxes. Trees for Georgetown is a volunteer group funded entirely by gifts and grants. Please support the continuing effort to keep our neighborhood vibrant and green. Donations may be sent to Trees for Georgetown, c/o the Citizens Association of Georgetown. For further information, you can email Trees for Georgetown at

Street trees endure terrific stress and need your care. Please take pride in them and adopt a tree, new or established, near you. If you can do nothing else to help care for these trees, please water them. Trees for Georgetown has prepared a guide for tree care especially suited for Georgetown. Read "How You Can Help" Below to learn more.

In partnership with Casey Trees and the Urban Forestry Administration, Trees for Georgetown has inoculated elm trees on Q Street between 28th and 32nd Streets against Dutch Elm disease. This must be done periodically to stave off potential disease in these mature trees. Trees for Georgetown also injected these trees for mites.

For more information, please email

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