Big Trees Need Your Help

They soak up rain, sway in wind, spread seed to create more trees. But they cannot fight off invasive plants without helping hands from humans, who benefit so much from trees’ shade and shelter.

Woman holds a large root system from a privwet plant.
Tree Stewards trainee Gretchen Crowley holds a privet root unearthed from East Falls Church Park.

Do this to help trees: Volunteer as Tree Stewards trainee Gretchen Crowley has done to rip out the roots of invaders like privet from East Falls Church Park. Tree Stewards and Master Naturalists are ripping invasive plants from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 26 in East Falls Church Park, 1730 N. Roosevelt Rd., Arlington. Meet at the basketball court to sign in and tool up. We have gloves and sharp objects to lend. We welcome teens, as long as their parent or guardian stays with them for the duration.

The big prize this month could be a delicious batch of garlic mustard pesto. You pull the garlic mustard, then make the pesto. Or just use the leaves in salad for a touch of garlic flavor.

We and Gretchen hope to see you Tuesday!

Jo Allen and Amy Crumpton
Every Last Weed, Every Last Tuesday RiP in East Falls Church Park

This RiP is sanctioned by Arlington County’s Department of Parks and Natural Resources.

About TreeStewards

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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