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  • ah

    Great program, but not necessarily “free” — $50 doesn’t get you much of a tree.

    Anyway, the rebate check does in fact come–took about 4-6 weeks, as promised.

    But do yourself and the tree a favor, wait until the Fall to plant one.

    • What does that mean, “not necessarily free?”

      Got my rebate as promissed in just four weeks and it was free – $47.95 – I didn’t pay thing.

      Shop around and you can get a big tree for under $50.

      Picked up my “not necessarily free” 6 foot American Redbud in Southern MD.

      • Casey Trees will come and plant the trees and do a little mulching. You have to factor in the cost of delivery/labor in what that $50 gets you. Either way it’s a great program. Our auditor said we would be receiving some more mature trees, in the 10-12 foot range depending on the species.

        • ah

          For the riversmart program, how much choice do they give you?

          Can you tell them you’d like a maple or oak planted in this corner of your yard? Or do they say “you’re getting a zelkova right here”?

          • We actually had a lot of choices, both in type and placement. They obviously have a limited selection since they are looking to re-populate the city with hardy native trees, but the placement was pretty much up to us assuming the spot we chose was suitable for the eventual root structure, etc. There were at least 20-30 options in the brochure, and even more that weren’t “on the menu” but Casey Trees could provide. No fruit trees, though ;(

      • ah

        The “not necessarily” refers to anyone who spends more than $50 for a tree, which is not hard to do for many decent sized trees, exceptions for redbuds in southern MD and I’m sure some others.

        Just don’t want PoP to turn into one of those “free*” (*not really) types.

  • Please, whatever you do don’t plant anymore Ginkgo trees in this city. They are a stinky menace to society.

    captcha: broiling house

    • Just fyi, no reputable nurseries sell female gingko trees anymore due to their stinky fruits. Any new trees the city plants are all male trees. Gingkos are beautiful quirky trees with a lot of character, plus they tolerate city conditions with pollution and drought much better than many other trees.

  • Intangible Arts endorses this.

  • I’d also recommend looking into getting a tree through DDOE’s RiverSmart Homes program. It also costs $50 per tree and Casey Trees will plant the tree/s.

    Advantages: Same price, someone else does the heavy lifting, and you’ll get a good sized tree.
    Disadvantage: You’ll have to wait till spring for your tree.

    • ah

      The price is less if you get a decent sized tree.

      The rebate costs you the price of the tree less $50.
      The riversmart costs you $50, for a tree that might cost you $100+

    • I had a tree planted through the DDOE program – it was over six feet tall when it was planted. Wish I had space for more trees.

    • We’re having our RiverSmart trees planted this fall (our audit was done earlier this spring). $50 per tree is an incredible bargain that every homeowner with a plot of serviceable land should take advantage of.

    • oh, wait, scratch my previous endorsement. I think this is the one we’re doing. Yes.

  • Does anyone know how to get more tree boxes installed on a street? My street only has a few tree boxes and I’d certainly take care of a tree in front of my house if there was dirt to plant it in.

    • ah

      If there’s not a cutout it may be more of a challenge. DDOT has all sorts of guidelines about the spacing of tree boxes, so my guess is chances aren’t great if you need them to remove some sidewalk to install a treebox.

      But, yeah, if all you need is the tree, 311 for *all* your needs.

  • Call 311 and request a tree to be planted in your tree box! Take advantage of RiverSmart, DDOE and Casey Trees’ programs. PLANT MORE TREES!

  • You can request a street tree by calling 311 or go to the dc.gov website and use the on-line form.

  • Please spread the word to your neighbors or anyone you see that lives with a new street tree in their tree box. These trees need watering right now during this extreme heat and drought. I am already seeing many that are starting to die. Leaving the hose by the tree trunk on a very slow trickle for an entire day is a very good way to get the water deep into its roots. It’s very sad that many trees and their boxes are being completely ignored and left with weeds, trash, and dying trees right in front of beautiful and expensive homes. Do these homeowners realize the value of a mature street tree on their block?

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