If you've been thinking about planting a tree in front of your house, now is the time. Rancho Park area streets have been identified as potential sites for planting free street trees under a new grant-funded program to mitigate the impacts of pollution from cars.
The trees will be supplied and planted by the city of Los Angeles. Residents provide the water and care needed for the tree to become established, which the city estimates is five years.
Anyone interested can submit an online form which can be found in the tree planting section of the city's EnvironmentLA website. The site also features a list of trees that are acceptable for right-of-ways and notes that palm trees are not an option.
Once they get your form, the city will survery your location and determine whether it is indeed suitable for a tree ( they say some sites may be too small or have other limitations) and approve an appropriate tree selection.
If you recieved a letter in the mail about the project (as I did) you can also sign up by returning the post card provided. In the the letter project coordinator Amy Schulenberg with the Department of Public Works encourages anyone interested to apply and also asks people to spread the word to their entire street and neighborhood. She cites examples of new tree lined streets being created when residents collected signatures from neighbors.
Anyone with questions about the program can contact Schulenberg directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (213) 485-0527.
About four years ago, residents in my neighborhood worked with the Tree People to plant trees. We planted a tree in front of our house but it seems never to have grown in that time so I think we'll probably sign up for a new one. Does anyone have recommendations for what type of trees are best for Rancho Park streets? I'd love to hear your insights.