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Through a special offer from the RiverSmart Homes program, District homeowners can have shade trees planted on their property for only $50 per tree. There is not a limit to the number of trees that can be planted on each property, provided space allows.
Tree species were chosen for their environmental benefit. Available trees are as follows:
* Spring Planting Only
If a homeowner decides to plant a tree that is not included on the RiverSmart Homes list of approved trees, they may choose to apply for the Casey Trees tree rebate. Seven genus and 27 species - mostly native oaks and hickories - qualify for rebates up to $100 per tree. Small and medium canopy trees continue to be eligible for rebates up to $50 per tree. Invasive tree species including Norway Maple, Tree of Heaven, Mimosa, Bradford Pear, Sawtooth Oak and Siberian Elm and the Ash tree should not be planted and do not qualify for the rebate. Dwarf trees and shrubs are also ineligible.
No, the RiverSmart Homes program plants trees on residential properties only. To request a street tree, please call the Mayor's call center at 311 and submit a request with Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) "
Shade trees are large trees with widespread, dense canopies. A shade tree is taller than 25 feet at maturity.
Commonly planted shade trees in the District include oaks, maples, ashes and elms. Shade trees are an investment in the environment, your home's future and future generations.
Trees are an important method for controlling stormwater runoff. The leaves of trees are like cups and can hold up to one-tenth of an inch of stormwater. This captured rain water is critical since a rain of only a half an inch can cause sewer overflows. In addition to stormwater control, trees provide many additional benefits.
Shade trees require minimal maintenance and provide many advantages for the homeowner. Specifically, shade trees:
The District is promoting shade trees because they improve the health of local streams and waterways by reducing stormwater runoff and erosion.
There are a few things to consider when looking to plant a shade tree in your yard. For instance, the location of utility wires (both above and buried) and the distance from objects such as your house, sidewalk, fence and other trees, must be taken into account. It is also smart to consider the amount of sun in your yard when planting a tree.