This little redbud tree was one of the dozen Earth Stewardship East planted at the Washington DC Stake Center to honor President James Baird. It was one of 350 bare-root native trees Merikay gave away last spring. In a few years it will be beautiful.
Merikay will have another 350 native trees to give away -- up to 10 trees per household with a preference for residents in the Muddy Branch or Seneca Creek watersheds. Trees will be available sometime the last week of March, exact date determined by the weather.
Since trees are bare root, they must be planted soon after being picked up -- ideally that day. I generally receive 50 each of seven different tree species from the Maryland DNR. These are the trees requested for this spring: 50 buttonbush, 50 baldcypress, 50 river birch, 50 loblolly pine, 50 gray dogwood, 50 serviceberry, 50 white oak.
This year Bonnie Bell will distribute some of the tree seedlings from Seneca State Park for those who live closer to that than to Merikay's home at 14909 Spring Meadows Drive, Darnestown. We give all the trees away in one or two days to optimize their being successfully transplanted.
If you do not live near Merikay, there are programs in other counties and states to promote planting native trees. Check for programs in your area. If there isn’t one, consider starting something.