Some drunks did this to three trees on Kenmore Avenue

Some drunks did this to three trees on Kenmore Avenue

Poor soil, not enough rain, angry drunks breaking tree limbs, BEAVERS! Tree Fredericksburg has planted nearly 5,000 trees in the City of Fredericksburg over the past seven years, and we have plans to plant another 5,000 to increase the city’s tree canopy by 5 percent over the next seven years. But planting trees also means taking proper care of them—and that takes money. Which is where you come in.

Here at year’s end, consider a donation to Tree Fredericksburg to help us combat lousy soil with proper mulching, not enough rain with regular watering, and beavers with protective fencing. (Unfortunately there’s not much we can do about those angry drunks breaking off tree limbs—or sometimes worse—except spread the word that the community won’t tolerate that sort of thing.)

The City of Fredericksburg and various grants cover most of the cost of the trees themselves, and the initial plantings, and the equipment we need to get the trees properly in the ground. It’s up to the rest of us to make sure our trees not only survive, but also thrive, and provide everybody who lives here with a higher quality of life. Trees soak up air pollution and storm water runoff. They provide shade and lower utility bills. They increase property values–and they’re nice to look at.

As we gear up for our spring and fall plantings in 2016, take a look at the 5,000 trees Tree Fredericksburg’s hundreds of volunteers have planted over these past seven years, then take a look at your checkbook and consider an end of the year gift to help us continue to raise them right.

You can access our PAYPAL ACCOUNT and make a donation, or if you’d prefer, you can mail a check to Tree Fredericksburg, 726 William St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Tree Fred is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Thanks for thinking of Tree Fredericksburg, and especially thanks for being a friend to trees.