gingko

We suffered through the berries, now enjoy the leaves. If anyone gets a good photo of fallen leaves please email me at [email protected] or upload to the PoPville flickr pool – thanks!

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Guilherme Almeida tweets us earlier this morning:

“4th 100 year old tree being removed on my formerly beautiful tree lined block. Why?!”

“this one is at lamont st between 11th and 13th. The other have been on 11th between lamont and park.”

“I was told the reason for removal by the crew was ‘tree’s dead’. I’m no arborist but it clearly looks alive to me!”

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Remember this tree near the Petworth playground on 8th? It was chopped down and left for dead… but not this tree. Growing strong… and this picture is from a while ago. Everytime I see it, it reminds me what resilience is all about….”

Ed. Note: I don’t literally think these folks are heroes along the lines of firefighters and emergency responders, apologies if that was not clear. You can see previous nominees here. Should you spot a quiet act of heroism along these lines please do send an email with a brief description and the neighborhood where it was witnessed to [email protected]

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin the annual spraying of the female gingkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) Sunday, May 8 from 9 pm through 6 am the next day until Thursday, May 12, weather and fruit development conditions permitting.

This annual spraying eliminates the formation of ginkgo fruit, which emits an offensive smell and falls on sidewalks and roadways. DDOT will use the same spray that it has used for the past 20 years, Shield-3EC 24(C). (more…)

dead tree

“Dear PoPville,

I have lived in my house on Corcoran St. for 16(!) years and have had a holly tree for the duration of that time. 2 weeks ago after returning from a week long trip it was completely dead. Before I have it removed I thought I would ask if anyone has any thoughts on possible causes and if this seems normal to die so quickly.

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12th sign of spring… Starting to get lots of visual evidence. This one is from Newton Street in Brookland. If you spot one – please call 311 or tweet them or tweet DCDPW and they’ll have someone pick it up. Serious props to both 311 and DCDPW, DCDPW picked up two just this week from readers who spotted them. Now if you spot one in July, of course, be sure to email me!!