Casey Trees Releases its Fall Almanac

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Guide offers residents tree-care tips for autumn season.

Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy seasonal color, plant new trees and prepare existing ones for the cooler months.

D.C. residents are encouraged to:

  •     Remove slow-release watering bags. Tree trunks and the tree flare need to be exposed to air.
  •     Check the mulch. Freshen mulch by adding two to three inches in a ring around the trunk. Pull the mulch ring three to six inches away from the trunk.
  •     Water on occasional hot days. We recommend you practice 25 to Stay Alive — 25 gallons of water per tree per week in times of little or no rainfall. Do not water after the ground freezes.

For step-by-step instruction on how to properly plant and care for trees and information on programs available to D.C. residents to help offset the cost of purchasing trees, visit http://www.caseytrees.org.

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