Trees for Georgetown
Trees for Georgetown was started 31 years ago with the goal of planting trees along the streets of Georgetown. We have planted over 3,000 trees, working with our neighbors to educate them about the importance of street trees and how to properly care for them. We want everyone to care about our canopy as much as we do!
Trees for Georgetown is an all-volunteer committee dedicated to the planting, care and maintenance of Georgetown’s residential street trees. The group was launched 31 years ago to supplement the dwindling resources of the District. Since it’s inauguration, Trees for Georgetown has planted over 3,000 tress, contracted watering services during drought periods, and provided preventative maintenance for at-risk trees. We also inform neighbors on how to care for these trees and guide them regarding city regulations. Many residents do not know that they are responsible for the guardianship of the trees in front of their property.
Trees for Georgetown relies solely on donations to continue our tree planting efforts. Although we are missed hosting our Garden Party in 2020, we are hoping to still count on donations from our neighbors. Please consider sending a check, payable to Citizens Association of Georgetown/TREES to CAG, 1365 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20007. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go towards keeping our canopy thriving.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. CAG’s tax-exempt number is 52-1359105.
Our Planting Process
Our planting process begins in late summer and continues through early spring. The number of trees we plant directly correlates with funds raised at our annual Garden Party.
In August, Trees for Georgetown (TFG) begins the selection of locations to be planted from a list provided by the Urban Forestry Division (UFD) of the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT). Selection includes personal inspection of each location for viability by a volunteer member of the TFG Committee.
Then, with the assistance of our ISA certified consulting arborist, trees are hand selected from the Casey Tree Farm’s nursery in Berryville, Virginia for size, form and appropriate species. TFG contracts with Case Trees to plant these trees, which includes removing any plantings and leveling each tree box to sidewalk level, ameliorating the soil if necessary, mulching and the installation of an ooze tube (watering device). DC regulation wrought iron fences are then installed.
Our Fall Fundraiser
Our annual Fall Garden Party is our main fundraising event. Usually held in September, it is one of the first events after everyone has been away for the summer, making it a fun time to catch up with everyone. Due to Covid-19, our event will not take place in 2020. Please consider donating to Trees for Georgetown so we can continue our mission. Hopefully we can gather again for years to come over our signature raw bar!
For additional tree resources check out these links:
The Benefits of Urban Trees
DC’s Urban Forestry Administration – main UFA page