SATURDAY: 10/29: Tree Planting Events

Come out and plant trees on Saturday, October 29 at 8:30 a.m. and Saturday, November 5 at 8:30 a.m.  Contact Seth Heminway at [email protected] for locations, which will be announced later. Able-bodied volunteers are needed.  On planting days, wear boots or heavy shoes and gloves, and bring a shovel if you’ve got one.  Extra tools are available, and light refreshments will be provided.  The Neighborhood Tree Program is a partnership between the City of Falls Church, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society, and volunteers to help restore and maintain a healthy tree canopy in the City by raising funds to purchase trees, educating residents, and using contributed labor to reduce costs.  Native shade trees are planted within 15 feet of the curb.  See for more detail.

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By Falls Church Times Staff
September 21, 2011 

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3 Responses to “SATURDAY: 10/29: Tree Planting Events”

  1. Jodi Nicholson, Falls Church City on September 22nd, 2011 6:09 pm

    Do you people have any idea how dangerous the Tupelo trees are?!?!?
    I do as I’ve fallen more than once slipping on their pods.

    I call the little spikey, round pods nature’s mace (mace=medieval torture device). They are a nuisance as their design makes them easy to trip over and roll under one’s feet causing loss of balance.
    Time lapse videos show that the pods also move themselves into soil so they can reproduce.

    What will it take for you to stop planting them all over this city?

    One already ruined my small yard, had to be removed but it’s roots were so huge that they are trying to sprout all over the place.

    I know they are inexpensive and fast growing but there are many other, less invasive species to plant.

    Hoping the Village Preservation Society takes note immediately to prevent more of them from being planted all over the City.

  2. Dave Eckert on September 23rd, 2011 2:00 am

    I believe Jodi Nicholson may be a little confused. Tupelo trees do not have “little spikey (sic), round pods.” I believe she may be inadvertently referring to Sweet Gum trees.

    And to my knowledge, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society is not, in fact, planting Sweet Gum trees “all over the City.”

    Before casting dispersions upon a noble group of very hard-working volunteers, I recommend the writer first should get her facts straight. Then possibly she can go out and work as hard at building community as the Village Preservation and Improvement Society members do.

  3. Barry Buschow on September 26th, 2011 9:43 am

    Jodi, your message does’nt reflect what the Neighborhood Tree Program does at all. I will be happy to come by so you can show me one of these trees you are referring to. None of the trees we plant, all Native, comes close to causing the problems you describe. We will be planting on October 29 and will be happy to work with you. See for details.

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