Tree Fredericksburg would like to thank Ryan Sweet for volunteering eight hours mulching at the park by Mary Ball and Kenmore Avenue. Over the span of week in mid-June, Ryan spread the original and additional piles of mulch throughout the park. These efforts will contribute to Ryan’s Boy Scouts Community Service Badge.
Ryan’s service highlights a critical aspect of overall plant health – proper mulching. If applied properly, mulching no more than 2-3 inches deep can greatly benefit trees. Studies have shown that trees with proper mulching will be twice as healthy and grow twice as large with only grass. Trees retain more moisture and experience less stress when they are grown in wide flat mulch beds with cooler roots.
The Climate, Environment and Readiness Plan (CLEAR) is conducting a solar energy information session at 6:30 p.m. on May 19th at the UMW Jepson Alumni Executive Center for homeowners or businesses interested in installing a solar energy system. This event will familiarize the community with Solarize, a renewable energy initiative that is brought to local areas by the non-profit Local, Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).
The program aims to reduce the cost and complexity of going solar, making it more feasible for residents and businesses to participate. Solar power can increase the resilience of our region; support our local workforce, and lower energy costs. Please join us on May 19th at 6:30pm to learn how you can participate.
Please reserve your free tickets here.
Thank you to the 61 donors who contributed $3,765 during The Community Give. We are very grateful!
Tree-lined streets make Fredericksburg a beautiful place to walk, live, and play. This is our vision for Fredericksburg, and with your help we will accomplish this goal. It costs $122 to plant and care for a tree for the first 5 years. Our goal is to plant 8,000 more trees in our City in the next 10 years. Your donation will help bring the benefits of trees to Fredericksburg and give us beautiful tree-lined streets.
On Tuesday, May 5th, click here to donate to Tree Fredericksburg!
The more money we raise and the greater number of folks that donate money both make us eligible for CONSIDERABLE cash prizes that will benefit our conservation efforts. Each unique gift of $25 or more makes us eligible for these prizes.
Spring tree planting season is here, and Tree Fredericksburg could use your help!
We hope you will join us this spring and help us create an instant forest in some neighborhood. The dates and locations are posted below.
Tree Fredericksburg received an award from the City of Fredericksburg Recreation Commission. The Award is the 2014 Diamond Partnership Award for 4000 hours of volunteer service to the City Parks Department by the volunteers from Tree Fredericksburg. Together, Tree Fredericksburg volunteers planted, mulched and cared for hundreds of trees in our City’s parks. The Parks Commission cited us for “Exceptionally generous Partnership with the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department for the betterment of the citizens of Fredericksburg”
We want to thank all of our volunteers who plant trees with Tree Fredericksburg! Here are some photos from our Fall Tree Plantings:
September 27 at Brompton and Marye Streets
October 4 at College Terrace
Tree Fredericksburg has received a grant funded by CSX Railroad Corporation and The Alliance for Community Trees. We have been given funding to give away 80 free trees (15 gallon trees – retail value $100) in the City of Fredericksburg this fall, and 25 trees are still available!
- The tree must be planted inside the City (zip 22401) anyplace in your front or back yard.
- One tree per residence.
- The recipient must attend a 10-minute tutorial on Saturday afternoon October 11th on the proper planting of trees.
- The tree must be mulched as per the tree mulch standards of the City of Fredericksburg (standards available here and here).
- The tree must be watered weekly the first summer after it is planted. (Tree watering bags can be rented for $20 a season and when the bag is returned in good condition, the $20 fee will be refunded.)
Please either fill out the application (.pdf| .doc). You can either mail it back or send it by email. Please act quickly – there are only 25 trees left!
We are doing this on a first come basis with special consideration for those who have helped us plant trees or have given us financial support over the last few years.
Vandals attempted to chop down a 6 year old crabapple tree on the median at Washington Avenue and Lewis Street. The tree was damaged beyond repair. It was hacked through almost halfway. It appeared that the vandals were interrupted in the task. There was an axe left at the scene which was discovered by Carl and Anne Little of Tree Fredericksburg on Saturday morning at 10 am.
A large Willow Oak tree was felled by an axe last week during the evening of August 26th. It was reported to the police in the morning by neighbors on Wednesday, August 27th. The value of the Willow Oak tree was in excess of $1000, which makes the vandalism a felony.
Tree Fredericksburg is offering a reward of $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. Any information should be reported to the Fredericksburg Police Department at 540 373-3122.
Damaged crabapple tree
Axe found at crime scene
Fall tree planting season is here and Tree Fredericksburg needs your help. We have over 300 trees to plant in Fredericksburg this fall!
We hope you will join us this fall and help us create an instant forest in some neighborhood. The dates and locations are posted below.