Dupont Circle Citizens Association Environment Committee: Help Save our Street Trees!
Frequently asked questions about street trees
DCCA’s Environment Committee announces a new Tree Watering Rebate Program that provides for DCCA members to receive a $10 rebate on purchase of a Treegator, the green bags that wrap around tree trunks and are an easy way to get water to street trees.DCCA hopes the program will encourage homeowners, apartment buildings and businesses to take responsibility for regular watering of young street trees in the public space in front of their properties.
Newly planted street trees need 20 gallons of water a week from May to October, for the first three years, in order to survive. The city plants the trees on an annual cycle, and is currently planting a number of new street trees in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, but it depends on residents and businesses to water them.There are three easy ways to water a street tree:
- Poke 5 holes close together in the side of a 5-gallon bucket, about 2 inches from the bottom. Fill the bucket to the rim and let it drain out next to the tree trunk. Do this 3 times.
- Leave a garden hose on very low (just a trickle) next to the trunk for one hour.
- Use a Treegator®. Just fill the bag once a week.
Treegator® bags can be purchased at:
- True Value Hardware on 17th, 1623 17th Street, NW
- Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street, NW
Special Offer! $10 rebate on the purchase of Treegator bags! DCCA offers a $10 rebate to members who purchase a Treegator® bag and use it to water a street tree.
DCCA members who reside in condominiums or apartment buildings are encouraged to partake of this offer also! Use your membership to get a rebate and encourage your management company or maintenance department to help maintain street trees in front of your building!
Not a DCCA member? Join and you’ll be eligible for a rebate. Send $25 for dues along with your rebate request and receipt to:
Dupont Circle Citizens Association, P.O. Box 73616, Washington, DC 20056-3616
Questions? kdavin (AT) earthlink (DOT) net. Davin is the Environment Committee’s lead person on street trees.
Posted on April 15th, 2008 at 1:07 pm