Help Arlington County's trees become "healthy and strong!"

Summer is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: Hot Tree Summer. Arlington County is asking for volunteers to "Adopt-a-Tree" to "help Arlington County’s public trees thrive through dry weather." If you're over 18 years old, you can apply HERE

Q: What does it mean to adopt a tree? 

A: You take responsibility for a tree(s) of your choice that's "near your home, on public property, or where you have access to water," and water the tree(s) according to "current County guidelines on watering."

Q: I already have pets/children/myself to take care of—why should I adopt a tree? They don't play fetch/star in funny viral videos/aren't me.

A: Great question! While they do not play fetch, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations notes that as part of a "well-planned and well-managed green infrastructure," trees do help cities become "more resilient, sustainable and equitable in terms of nutrition and food security, poverty alleviation, livelihood improvement, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and ecosystems conservation. Throughout their lifetime, trees can thus provide a benefit package worth two to three times more than the investment made in planting and caring for them." Long story short, do it for Arlington! 

Q: Will this make me a tree parent? I'm not sure I'm ready for this responsibility!

A: Great news! Being a tree parent is limited to watering—nothing less, nothing more. In fact, if your tree-child needs other "non-watering related maintenance," the County requests you "use the County’s tree maintenance form to request an inspection." That means you don't have to get up with your tree at 3 a.m., change its diaper, or answer strangers' well-meaning questions about if it's a boy or girl. 

Would you consider signing up to Adopt-a-Tree? Let us know in the comments.