On Thursday, April 28, 2016 Evan Keto joined Green Wheaton at Hollywood East Café to explain Tree Montgomery, a local tree planting program.
Evan is an ISA-certified arborist and program manager for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. His team is searching for places to plant shade trees, especially in the yards of single family homes, parking lots, and multi-family communities here in the downcounty, where development has been intense and many mature trees have died or been cut down.
Upon resident request, Evan and his team make a visit to consult with a homeowner about best placement and best species to plant. They will later return with the tree, plant it, and then (if desired) provide up to TWO YEARS of FREE aftercare including watering, mulching, weeding, and pruning.
Funding for the program comes from the county’s tree canopy law, which charges developers who cut trees from building sites.
Trees for this program are only planted between November and May, and there is currently a short waiting list for planting. Residents can schedule the consultation at anytime of year, however.
(Please note: This is a different program from the one that provides trees along roads throughout Montgomery County, MD; Tree Montgomery trees plants within the yard — not the right-of-way near sidewalks. Information about that program can be found on the Department of Transportation website.)
If you weren’t able to join us that night and you want more info or want to request a tree for your yard, visit Tree Montgomery’s website: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Tree/Tree-request.html#sthash.U3l3UCaK.dpuf
Evan also noted that two other programs are encouraging trees in our region:
Leaves for Neighborhoods offers a $40 coupon when you buy a tree with a retail value of $75 at participating nurseries
MD’s Department of Natural Resources also offers a $25 coupon for the purchase of one tree with a retail value of $50 or more at www.trees.maryland.gov.