Above Mikel and Joe Witte dug away dirt, glass, and junk packed around one stressed linden. Michael Kinzer swept this discarded stuff into a tarp so we could carry it to the public trash.
Embassy Row Hotel (2015 Mass) connected its spigot to our hose, so we gave these thirsty trees lots of water. Shown are the hotel's Derek Strickland Jr. and Max Noyes with Treekeepers.
At left is the hole we dug to excavate the base of the little elm by the Embassy of Turkmenistan (2207 Mass).
Below, Treekeeper Matt Milano pulls out the stake around the next-door elm at the Embassy of Georgia (2209 Mass). Garrett Steed needed a pickaxe to excavate the hard clay around this tree.
Later Rob Nevitt mulched both trees. We gave them several doses of water. Both embassies will follow up. Now that these trees' roots can get water and air directly, they should grow better.
Photos: Above RMA. Below: RMA Richard Royce
We tag one elm to show its benefits. As a 2.5" American elm it provides $8 in annual benefits. IF we can grow it to 8" in diameter the tree will give back $52 per year, according to treebenefits.com. But whether young city trees ever reach their mature size is a big IF. They need help!
To get notices of August and September volunteer sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to greet you under the trees!
-- Deborah Shapley, Restore Mass Ave