Saturday, October 3, 2020

We clean & mulch 31 street trees. Your turn!

Every spring our great landscape contractor Ricky Fuentes cleans out weeds and grass that choke the soil around young and  vulnerable trees that form the "first row" along the curbs of Mass Ave on Embassy Row.  In June Ricky's crew worked around 31 trees we thought needed help.

Starting to help a new tree.

These "street trees" are stressed by wind from traffic, drought and overgrown grass and weeds. These trees are planted & owned by DC Urban Forestry Division. UFD wants nearby owners to care for them, but many owners don't know this.

Restore Mass Ave actively urges those nearby - embassy staffs, other workers and residents - to be stewards of these public trees.

More than 10 years of RMA / owner stewardship helped tree canopy in our project area to grow overallby 13.2% in our first ten years.

Below are photos of RMA's once-a-year kickoff by Ricky's firm J&R Landscaping.

 Now we hope nearby owners will weed and water the trees and keep the soil boxes tidy through the fall.







         Thank you, Ricky and the crew!  Now it's the turn of nearby occupants to look after the trees!


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Haiti Embassy 911 Memorial Tree Gets Spring Cleanup

James starts clearing away grass from the tree.
Treekeeper James Brown and Tree Ambassador Deborah Shapley cleared grass that had sprung from the soil around the 911 Memorial Tree at the Embassy of Haiti at 2311 Mass Ave.

Our May 27 cleanup will help the Embassy continue nurturing this tree, which is an important symbol of that nation's resilience.

The 911 Memorial Commission honors those who have faced a terrible tragedy with the award of a clone of the Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) that survived the World Trade Center collapse. Back story: In the rubble, workers found this old stump. It was alive!  Experts rescued it and nursed it back to health. It was replanted at the new WTC. Visitors love this living symbol of hope. (See photo below.)

In 2017 the 911 Memorial Commission awarded a clone
of the original survivor tree to the Embassy of Haiti. 
This award honors the Haitian people's resilience
 in the  tragic 2015 earthquake there.
Patrick and James

Restore Mass Ave helped arrange the new tree to be planted right in front of the Embassy, where the public can see it best. Bartlett Tree Experts planted it in 2018 and provided the fence to protect it from vehicles, wind and crowds. The Embassy takes great care of this special tree. 

Josh Nadler of Bartlett's checks up on this tree as it's a special case. He's pleased with its growth.
As part of our Green Community the Haiti Embassy, RMA and Bartletts are growing a new living memorial on Embassy Row.


Haiti Embassy's 911 Memorial Tree.
The original 911 Memorial Tree blooms at WTC.














Saturday, May 30, 2020

Thank Korea Embassy for great roses at Sheridan Circle

Travelers can enjoy the Sheridan Circle rosebeds thanks to Embassy of Korea.
   Who's caring for the red rose beds by Sheridan Circle at Mass Ave and 23rd Street?

   The Embassy of Korea has become the "angel" caring for the now-lovely beds of roses on two bits of city land - the big triangle west of the circle and the tiny triangle on the east side.

    Hometown Landscape of Silver Spring now maintains these beds. They even set out RMA's sign, which vanished years ago when RMA Treekeepers were trying to maintain these plantings.

  RMA planted these sites with 'knockout' roses in 2013 with community-donated funds.  But our small NGO has struggled to maintain the beds. The soil needed enrichment which helped. But once the soil was better, weeds spring up!  Wind and dust from traffic buffet the plants and dry the soil. There is no nearby water source.


     The Republic of Korea has three properties in the heart of historic Embassy Row:
 the Consulate (2320 Mass, facing Sheridan Circle), the Korean Cultural Center (2370 Mass), the Embassy (2450 Mass). That embassy like so many of us want to sustain beautiful long views that make our shared, great Grand Avenue an international treasure.

     By giving regular professional care to these once-abandoned sites, which RMA reclaimed and planted, the Embassy of Korea has strengthened our Green Community of "friends working together to re-green Embassy Row."


RMA planted these ginkgos with the Embassy.
RMA Treekeepers mulch and weed the roses,

 The Embassy of Korea  Taegukgi / Taegeukgi   (Korean: 태극기)
Flag of the Republic of Korea or Taegukgi.



South  Korea flag is the Taegukgi features the red and blue
Taeguk, symbol of universal balance. The four black trigrams around it symbolize the seasons.

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