Help a young street tree get established
Increasing Boston's urban forest will benefit city residents through environmental and aesthetic improvements. City trees enrich the lives of all residents by providing many benefits, including: beautification of city streets, providing a respite on hot summer days, improved air and water quality, and offsetting our carbon emissions.
The City is planting a lot of new trees each year, but newly planted trees have a difficult time getting established in a tough urban environment. With your help, the City of Boston's young street trees have a better chance of survival.
In order to help the young street trees reach a mature state, the City needs help from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Continue reading to learn how you can help Boston's urban forest grow!
By helping to water and care for a young street tree, you can help build a healthy tree canopy on your street. Some quick tips are listed below, but be sure to download the tree care guide for more detailed advice.
Newly planted trees should be watered from May to October. They need 10 gallons once a week and twice as much in hot months like July and August. As a young tree, your adopted tree should have a "gator bag" around it - a green bag around the trunk of the tree. Fill it to the brim! Water the tree all at once during the week, instead of in bits.
Tend to the Tree Pit
Some helpful tools include: a shovel, soil cultivator, gardening gloves, hose or watering can.
Tree care workshops will be offered in the spring and fall through the Boston Natural Areas Network.
The organizations listed below have a common goal of Growing Boston Greener. Connect with organizations in your community to learn more about other ways to help green your neighborhood. Those marked with a * are Adopt-a-Tree pilot communites/pilot organizations for Fall of 2013.Citywide
To become an ambassador organization email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you ready to help a newly planted street tree get established in your neighborhood? Use the map to help you locate a young street tree near you! Then click the Adopt Your Tree button below to make a commitment to care for your tree by watering it weekly and tending to the tree pit. Can't find your tree? Click Add a New Tree at the bottom. Our three pilot neighborhoods are South Boston, Mattapan, and Roslindale, where adopters will be supported by our neighborhood partners: Boston Natural Areas Network, Roslindale Green and Clean and Greening Rozzie, and Southie Trees. Be sure that it's a street/sidewalk tree planted by the City of Boston and a young tree that needs your help!
Request a Tree! Check that the location meets the street tree requirements then request a tree planting by calling the Park Line at (617) 635-PARK.
Show others how you are helping Boston's urban forest grow!
Earn Street Cred for improving your neighborhood! Street Cred is a new civic recognition program. Through Street Cred, you will be able to join a campaign with your fellow adopters and earn virtual awards for helping take care of the City's trees. Check back here in the coming weeks to get the link and join the effort!
Send in a picture of you and your tree. Make sure the picture shows the beautifully maintained tree pit and your watering method of choice. Inspire others with your creativity. Email your pictures to email@example.comJoin a StreetCred Campaign
Thank you for your interest in caring for a young street tree. With your help this young tree will thrive in its new urban environment.