In its second year, the Tree Frederick program aims to assist City homeowners in planting more trees. The effort will ultimately increase tree canopy in the City, help improve air and water quality, and might even help homeowners reduce energy costs.
According to the 2016 Tree Canopy Assessment, the City’s canopy is about 20 percent, short of the 40 percent goal.
“To meet that goal, we’ll need everyone’s help,” said City Sustainability Manager Jenny Willoughby.
Tree Frederick helps homeowners purchase containerized trees through a 50-50 cost share. Most of the trees will cost homeowners about $15 each, depending on species and size available, with the City picking up the remainder of the cost.
“We selected this year’s species list with small and large yards in mind. All the species are native and range from small trees like witchhazel to large trees like swamp white oak,” said Willoughby.
If you’re not sure which tree is right for your space, the Tree Frederick Guide is available on the website to help out. You may also reach out to Jenny Willoughby with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tree Frederick program is open only to City residents. Download the order form and then send it and your check or money order to City Hall to reserve your trees. Orders will be accepted from February 1 through February 28, or earlier if funds run out. Depending on weather and to get trees out at the beginning of the growing season, there will be a pick-up event in March or early April. Participants will be notified by email of the date as spring approaches.
Visit the Tree Frederick page for the order form and guide at https://www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/1476/Tree-Frederick.