Starting at 10 am, 1,500 trees will be available at Ecofest
on a first come first serve basis.
Note that at last year's Ecofest all 1,000 trees were given away
within 4 hours.
We cannot guarantee the availability of a specific tree at the
event. So come early!
Increase in Property Values
Decrease in Energy Costs
Improvement in Air Quality
Reduction in Storm Water Runoff
Decrease in Soil Erosion
Improvement in Water Quality
Creation of Wildlife Habitat
Increase in Community Pride
Positive Impact on Consumer Behavior
Increase in Recreational
Improvement in Health and Well–being
Reduction of Noise Levels
Creation of Buffer Zones
is important to carefully choose the site where
you will plant your tree before digging. Pay special
attention to where the tree will be planted making sure
that it will have plenty of clearance from
obstructions as the tree matures. Overhead power
lines, underground lines, sidewalks, and buildings
should be given consideration before choosing the
Correct preparation encourages root growth
reducing the difficulties already challenging the young
tree. Most roots spread through the top 12" of soil in a
wide periphery around the tree. Slope the side of the
hole and dig or deeply rototill an area around
the hole at least twice the diameter of the container.
Plant the tree with the top of the root ball even
with the surrounding terrain. When wet conditions or
heavy soil are problems, raising several inches of the
root ball above ground will aid the spread of lateral
Backfill with native soil or a mix of native soil and
high quality top soil. Gently pack and soak with
water. Add a 2-3” thick mulch layer around the tree out
to the edge of the drip line, mounding the mulch at the
outer edge to create a bowl effect. Be careful not to
let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree. The best
time to plant trees in the Arlington area is
between December and March.
Tree watering is a key part of tree care
and it is difficult to recommend an exact amount due to
the varieties of climates. But a few rules of thumb will
help guide you to water your trees properly.
Watering Newly Planted Trees:
For new trees, water immediately after you plant a
Watering Trees During First Two
Years: During the first couple growing seasons,
your newly planted tree is expending a lot of energy
trying to get its roots established in the soil.
Especially during the first few summers of your new
trees life, it will have a difficult time dealing
with heat and drought. You can make this easier by
providing water and covering the soil with wood-chip
mulch. Deep watering can help speed the root
establishment. Deep water consists of keeping the
soil moist to a depth that includes all the roots.
How Much Water and When: Not
enough water is harmful for the tree but too much
water is bad as well. Over-watering is a common tree
care mistake. Please note that moist is different
than soggy, and you can judge this by feel. A damp
soil that dries for a short period will allow
adequate oxygen to permeate the soil. As a rule of
thumb your soil should be moist. Usually 30 seconds
with a steady stream of water from a garden hose w/
a diffuser nozzle per tree seedlings is sufficient.
Mulching is also key in retaining moisture in the
soil. mYou can check soil moisture by using a garden
trowel and inserting it into the ground to a depth
of 2”, and then move the blade of the trowel back
and forth to create a small narrow trench. Then use
your finger to touch the soil. If it is most to the
touch, then they do not need water.
Watering Trees After the First
Two Years: After your tree has been established
in your yard for two years the roots will be
established. This will allow your tree to withstand
a wider range of water conditions including on its
own because it has a proper root structure.