City's young trees need volunteers to care for them

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Trees do a lot for us. They give us shade, something beautiful to look at, and they give us fresh air to breathe.

The City of Richmond just planted thousands of new trees, but needs help from the public to care for them and make sure they survive the summer heat.

Fully grown trees don't typically need a lot of TLC but when they are young, they need a lot of love.

With new trees lining the streets of Richmond, the city is looking for volunteers to make sure they last through the hot summer months.

Arborist Mike Mather is doing a simple job of watering a young tree because he wants to get the word out. Richmond's new trees need your help to stay hydrated.

"We have 2,000 trees on the street right now," he said. "500 of those are committed to individuals taking care of them. That leaves 1,500 that don't have individuals watering them at this time."

One of those 1,500 could be sitting right outside your house, and you don't have to do much. Just water them once a week.

If there isn't one near you, you can find a tree by calling the city. Dial 311 and say you want to matched up with a lonely tree. They can give you a list of tree locations so you can find the one closest to you.

Every little bit helps, to improve both the city and your neighborhood.

"Basically the city's trees add a lot of value in a lot of different respects of the city. Storm water reduction is a huge huge benefit. They add value to the homes that they are nearby the retail spaces nearby… they cool city," he said.

As Mather demonstrated, watering these trees isn't hard, but it's an important one. And it'll pay off in the long run as the baby trees turn into the next generation of giants, shading Richmonders for years to come.

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