What the heck is that?

A new tree!

DDOT came by today and planted some city trees: it’s like santa came early this year!  We’ve lost about 80% of our trees on the block, mostly elm trees, because of disease and poor growth.  As part of the DC urban forestry program, the department of transportation replaces those trees.  Thye actually have a pretty intensive program dedicated to DC’s urban canopy: check out this map.  IT’S AMAZING.  Zoom into where you live (or used to live, Kim), and they have every tree mapped out, including ones that they’re going to plant or remove soon.  Our block alone got 22 trees today: mostly Dawn Redwoods like the one now in front of my house.  Something different, beautiful color in the fall too!  I spoke with the DDOT guy, asking about a peach tree permit (i’m applying to plant a fruit tree on the city sidewalk land…), and he said we should be good to go.  Why a permit: so i’m fully within the scope of the law!

Speaking with the planting guy, he said that a lot of folks weren’t happy that they’re putting in trees: worried about the power lines above, breaking sewer or water lines to their house, the leaves in the fall.  I’m sure they’ll appreciate the shade when they get into their car and don’t burn their butts, lower utility bills during the summer, cleaner air, a nicer looking street rather than a barren wasteland cut up by power and phone lines!  People amaze me sometimes…

On a lighter note, even though it was in the 20’s last night, i still have some hard core flowers hanging on in the front yard.  So at least i got that going for me, which is nice.


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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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