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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin the annual spraying of the female ginkgo street trees on April 19, 2021. The spraying will occur overnight from 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m., weather permitting.

The annual spraying serves to reduce the formation of mature ginkgo fruit, which emits an offensive smell when it falls on sidewalks and roadways. DDOT will use the same spray it has used for the past 20 years, Shield-3EC 24(C).

Residents are advised that spraying will begin in Ward 5 and proceed to Wards 4, 3, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8. Spraying will occur during the evening for several nights. There is no need to move vehicles.

For questions, please contact DDOT at (202) 671-5133 or visit ddot-urban-forestry-dcgis.hub.arcgis.com/app/dc-female-ginkgo-trees for a map of all the female ginkgo trees, and other information.”


Explore DC Cherry Blossom Map here

Thanks to Chelsey for the reminder about this awesome resource from Casey Trees:

“With another year of distancing required at the Tidal Basin, find cherry blossoms near your own neighborhood with our DC Cherry Blossom Map

What neighborhoods/blocks are your favorite to visit for blooming beauties?


Thanks to Nikki for sending last week: “Ume (plum blossoms) are in bloom at the Kennedy Center! The sakura (cherry blossoms) around the Tidal Basin are still budding but these beauties are a sight to behold and smell lovely. I didn’t know the difference between these two types of trees until researching why this little patch was in bloom so early. I thought I would share with anyone else who would like to take a walk to see them.” Read More


“Dear PoPville,

On a walk this weekend I noticed a copper looking tag/plaque way up high in the tall tree in the triangle park at Mass Ave/35th St NW/Fulton St NW, just south of St Sophia’s. I’ve walked by here many, many times before and never noticed it, but the sun was hitting at just the right angle for it to flash in the corner of my eye. I thought at first it was a mylar balloon or something similar caught in the branches, but getting as close as I could it’s obviously a large metal tag or plate of some sort (about license plate size?) zip-tied to one of the boughs. Read More


Photo by Katie McWilliams

Ed. Note: See the details closure and construction of the lower level here.

Katie writes: “The great tree purge of the lower level of MH/MX Park has begun. (ps I stayed behind the netting/fence)”

Matthias also shares: “Mature trees in #MeridianHillPark #MalcolmXpark are being felled at an alarming rate. Looks more destructive than restorative” Read More


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