Posts Tagged: capital trees

Friend or Foe? 

Author: Mary Petres

A weed is a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth, especially one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants. (Missouri Botanical Garden)

In our quest to maintain the gardens at Great Shiplock Park, the Low Line Gardens, and the Low Line Green without the use of herbicides, we use two main strategies. The first is to reduce the seed bank in the soil.

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Meet A Board Member: Susan Robertson

If you’ve attended a tour of one of the Capital Trees projects, volunteered at a community workday, or otherwise been around for a bit — you’ve probably seen Susan Robertson one time or another. But if you’re not properly acquainted, we’re excited for you to get to know her in this format. Susan is one of the original Founders of our organization, long before it was a formal nonprofit, and has lended our organization her leadership and development skills time and again.

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Understanding the Baseline

Author: Mary Petres

A recent blog post by our Sustainability Champion, Anna Aquino, presented a great explanation of why Capital Trees is committed to developing and practicing sustainable landscape management practices for its projects.  As Ms. Aquino addressed in her blog, the health of the soil determines the health of the planet.  Said another way,

“Be it deep or shallow, red or black, sand or clay,

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September Plant of the Month: American Hop Hornbeam Ostrya virginiana

Our September Plant of the Month is American Hop Hornbeam Ostrya virginiana.

This tree is native to Virginia and also known as Eastern Hop hornbeam, Ironwood, and Leverwood.

This low maintenance deciduous tree isn’t fussy so it doesn’t require a lot of attention. We’re talking drought-tolerant (once established), able to grow in clay soils, and even somewhat resistant to deer.

Interestingly, it puts off both male and female catkins.

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Plant Feature: River Birch Betula nigra

Plant Feature: River Birch Betula nigra

Also known as: Black Birch, Red Birch and Water Birch

This month, we’re highlighting the River Birch trees that we have planted at the Low Line Gardens. River Birch trees are native to the East Coast, making them more likely to succeed in our green spaces. Naturally, they’re found close to river beds and flood plains – but they can adapt to other environments as well.

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