Category Archives: Planting

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The Front Yard Tree Program + three Inman Park volunteers = one very happy homeowner.

Boon Boonyapat is the owner of a new maple tree, courtesy of a program funded by the City of Atlanta and administered by Trees Atlanta.

Boon selected a maple from a list of species posted on Trees Atlanta’s website:

Trees Atlanta delivered the tree, and then Inman Park volunteers Steve Hays (right), Jim Abbot (left), and Jaime Kirsche (behind the camera) planted it, all free of charge to Boon.

Want a free tree for your front yard? It’s easy. You can comment on this post, or use the contact page on this website, or if you prefer, use the request form at Trees Atlanta.

What a Difference Two Decades Makes

Waverly Way circa 2000, looking west from the edge of Freedom Park
Waverly Way in 2021, from the same vantage point

I regret that I have to add this: the large water oak in the center of the second photograph is slated for removal.

The answer to this lamentable state of affairs? Plant shade trees in our front yards and/or our back yards.

Instatree

I mentioned in an earlier post that the American elm can be a fast grower under the right conditions.

In 2005, Tree Watch and Trees Atlanta planted a line of American elms along Atlantis Avenue, on a low embankment between the parking lot behind Fritti and the street.

Here they are in 2010:

And a year and a half later in Fall 2011:

Three years later in 2014:

In September 2018 (in a photograph taken from the southbound lane of Elizabeth Street):

And here they are today:

Tale of An Oak Tree

When Jeanne and I moved into our Waverly Way home, back in the year 2000, there stood a huge water oak (Quercus nigra) between our house and our neighbor to the east.

Several years later, that oak died, and so our neighbor had to take it down. But it left some acorns behind!

In 2010, you can just see a sapling poking its head out of the bushes, in front of the flowering dogwood:

The next year, it’s making a bit of progress, though it’s hard to pick it out among all the other volunteers.

By 2014, with its root system just the way it wants it, the oak has leapt up.

Here is the tree now, on May 22, 2021. Roughly a decade of growth. It’s more than 60 feet tall. Look to the left. That’s a white oak (Quercus alba) that I myself planted probably five years before that water oak even thought about germinating.

Sixty feet tall in 10-12 years!

Bioswales on Highland Avenue!

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Trees Atlanta and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper installed the first of two bioswales on Highland Avenue. They had the help of several volunteers from Inman Park, including Jamie Allen, Chuck Young, and Jim Abbot.

Bioswales are landscape elements intended to capture, clean, and infiltrate stormwater on site. Trees Atlanta, in the person of Kelly Ridenhour, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, represented by Eric Fyfe, received a grant to pilot a simple and inexpensive approach to retrofitting existing street features, such as sidewalk rights-of-way and bump-outs, into bioswales.

Each new vegetated bioswale — at Highland’s intersection with Washita — will be home to one big-flowered silverbell tree (Halesia diptera var. magniflora), together with ground cover including Virginia sweetspire, eastern bluestar, river oats, coneflowers, and more.

Updated Volunteer Opportunities, March-April 2019

 

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Tree Ordinance Talk & Information Session at Trees Atlanta’s Kendeda Center in Reynoldstown. The City of Atlanta has begun a critically important process to rewrite our tree protection ordinance. Honestly, I can’t think of anything that will have a bigger longterm impact on our urban forest than this revised ordinance. At this information session, Trees Atlanta will have pizza, explanations, opportunities for you to comment and ask questions, and the like. Here’s more info on the event.

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.
We’ll be back in the southern half of Springvale Park to continue removing woody invasives. Meet as usual on the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Waverly Way.

Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. 
We’ll be installing nifty “bioswales” in two bump-outs on Highland Avenue, at its intersection with Washita. Here’s more info.

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. 
We’ll be mulching trees within the Festival zone.  Meeting spot TBD, but probably along Euclid Avenue at Poplar Circle, near the intersection with Hurt Street.