How2 Care for and Maintain Downtown Trees

Friday, February 3, 2017

By DowntownDC

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) released its spring “How2” guide on maintaining trees in DowntownDC, a handy resource for property managers and owners, landscapers and maintenance staff.

This guide offers information regarding warning signs to look for in trees, contact information and resources and details on how to apply to become a "Canopy Keeper," with the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Urban Forestry Administration (UFA).

The guide also includes a section on tree box flowers, detailing what types of flowers won't compete with a tree for water and nutrients. 

Each quarter, the BID surveys and inventories trees and tree boxes along with other permanent assets in the DowntownDC BID's 138-block area. An inventory of items within the tree box includes iron grates, plants, borders/hoops, mulch, soil compaction, miscellaneous items and whether a grate is damaging the tree trunk. The BID meets regularly with UFA to discuss tree-related conditions, collaborative projects, and best practices.