What about the Grass?

We’re often reminded to water newly planted trees (especially if they’re in front of our house) but what about the new grass in the medians? How do these get watered when there is little rain? The medians on New Hampshire from Grant Circle to south of Georgia Ave are looking in pretty rough shape. In hindsight is grass a bad idea for these medians?

8 Comment

  • From CM Bowsers weekly newsletter…
    Councilmember Bowser has been working with Casey Trees, the Urban Forestry Administration and members of the Petworth Community to establish a partnership to mulch and maintain trees on two of the medians on New Hampshire Avenue between Georgia and Grant Circle. Casey Trees has provided about 60 trees for all of the medians. ANC 4C has provided a grant of up to $2,000 to the Petworth community for the partnership for maintenance for the two medians.

    This is an excellent example of the community working together with the city and a non-profit organization to beautify the neighborhood. The area around the Petworth metro station is blossoming in the residential and business aspect and now we can expect real blossoms from our trees and bushes. Councilmember Bowser would like to thank Carol Herwig from Casey Trees, Jeff Green from Petworth, John Thomas from the Urban Forestry Administration and everyone who has been involved in this effort.

    • if i’m reading this correctly, why only from the ga. ave/new hampshire intersection north to grant circle? these medians start at either otis or spring and new hampshire. the length of the entire medians should be maintained.

      • Maintenance costs resources–labor and supplies. The ANC has a limited treasury. Casey Trees likewise has limited resources.

        60 free trees and $2000 worth of mulch, watering devices, water and labor. That doesn’t go as far as it may sound.

        It’s good that the ANC and Casey are offering support, but remember they aren’t an army. Young trees require care if they are to survive–time to mulch in the spring, water all summer, prune in the winter. Time is money if there aren’t reliable volunteers (there often aren’t). Mulch is money. Water is money. If the medians are viable spaces and the trees want to live, the missing piece is whether people near the trees show them love.

        (P.S. – the medians go south from grant all the way to Kenyon Street. Elm trees. Seeing it in real time, seems they actually put soil in the median, too, as opposed to the construction waste up on 14th.)

  • I was shocked as I watched the development of 11th St. NW over the past year as the city put in sod on either side of the road. I was wondering how they were planning on keeping that alive. I guess the answer is that they were NOT planning on doing anything as it is all dead now, burnt, and what was a huge improvement to the street has now become an eyesore. Who in the city government thought up this idea? Who can citizens appeal to to rectify this problem?

  • Hopefully the turf just went dormant. When was it put down, do you recall. If it got some decent rain early on, its possible it was able to establish a root system.

  • blester01

    They should remove the grass along the whole strip; it is a waste of time and money. It will never stay green and it will never be mowed.

    Similar to the strips down on Vermont Ave around U Street, the city should just mulch it, and then allow the community to plant/ landscape them as we see fit. Although it may be a stretch to say the community will do the upkeep, it is better than relying on the city to do it for us. When is the last time they mowed Grant Circle? Plus the city has more important things to deal with than our divider strips.

    • How would you classify removing the grass? A productive use of time and money? While I agree it was poor planning, this happens with every government project, unintended consequences. This is what happens when you spend other people’s money, zero foresight.

  • i would say “yes, grass was a bad idea for those medians,” but I acknowledge they do need some sort of ground cover and biotic life and that’s a rough road until 20ish years of successful tree canopy growth cools down the surface temperature.

    So question: what would be more viable (then or now)?

    Please no invasives if we can help it (of course, they would thrive…).

    What happens to clovers in DC summer? Lavender? Where our gardeners at? What’s awesome and yet can handle a severe sun beating.

    Close to metro the grass was already entirely dead from being trampled.

    South to Kenyon it was looking lush up through the change from Spring rains to typical dry DC summer.

    Northward toward Grant, i hadn’t walked since early Spring, so…

Comments are closed.