Ever wonder why Bolton Hill’s streets have more trees than most neighborhoods in Baltimore? It takes a lot of work—much of it done on a volunteer basis. To maintain our neighborhood’s current tree canopy, roughly 50 trees need to be planted each year.
George Lavdas has been planting and caring for trees in Bolton Hill for the past 25 years. Of late, he’s been joined by David Nyweide and other Bolton Hill residents.
These good folks are currently compiling a neighborhood tree census—something they do twice yearly— to identify locations with dead or dying trees, stumps that need to be ground out, and empty tree wells primed for planting.
David and George report the trees or stumps to be removed to the City so that the sites are ready in time for tree planting in spring and fall. Working with Caleb DeMario of the Midtown Community Benefits District, George and David order trees from the City and arrange planting dates with the Midtown greening crew.
The following 32 sites have been identified for preparation for new tree plantings this fall because they have empty tree wells, stumps that need to be removed, dead saplings, or dead or dying trees:
- Maple Leaf Park, island between parking strips off Bolton and Robert
- 2004 Eutaw (on either side of the address awning)
- 2002 Eutaw
- 2000 Eutaw at corner with Presstman and on Presstman
- 1308 Eutaw
- 1301 Eutaw, in median strip
- 1300 Eutaw, by bus stop on south side of Lanvale
- 1627 Park, in median strip
- 1703 Park, in median strip
- 1111 Park (at the end of Dolphin)
- 1805 Bolton
- 1824 Bolton
- 1415 John
- 206 Laurens
- Mt. Royal, next to wall surrounding Bolton North parking lot (2 trees)
- 301 McMechen
- 300 block of McMechen in the median strips across from Save-A-Lot (3 stumps)
- 300 block of McMechen, south side of the street
- 122 W. Lafayette
- 123 W. Lafayette
- 100 block of W. Lafayette, along Corpus Christi Church
- 123 W. Lanvale
- 229 W. Lanvale
- 120 W. Lanvale
- 134 W. Lanvale
- 103 W. Lanvale (near intersection with W. Mt. Royal, along granite wall)
Is there an empty tree well or dead tree or tree trunk in front of your house? Contribute to the census by sending an email to both David Nyweide (email@example.com) and George Lavdas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteers are needed to help plant new and prune existing trees. The fall planting date will be announced in the Bulletin calendar—keep an eye out for it!
If you’re interested in becoming more involved with keeping the neighborhood canopy thick and healthy by planting and pruning trees, please contact George or David. George can also help answer any questions about what City Forestry can (or cannot do) and can put you in contact with private tree professionals, who (for a fee) can work with you to do the fertilizing and maintenance pruning of trees around your home.