Tree placement on the lot mirrors the community’s house layout, so that each household has a designated native tree to monitor and maintain. The trees will be joined by native wildflowers grown by individual families from donated seed; and by wildflower seeds scattered into the soil for a re-wilding garden effect.
Community efforts such as this one, are encouraged by “Celebration of Trees,” a campaign organized by the nonprofit group Plant NoVA Natives (plantnovanatives.org).
“Whatever your priority (people, wildlife, planet, shade, beauty, clean air and water, erosion prevention, animal food and shelter) there is a reason why you should plant a native tree.”
Fairfax Releaf (fairfaxreleaf.com) is a volunteer non-profit group seeking “to conserve, restore and promote sustainable urban forests in Northern Virginia.”Susan Laume is a Virginia Master Naturalist. See virginiamasternaturalist.org