One man’s volunteer effort to plant trees in San Francisco
Cheap nike soccer cleats it might be a Brisbane box, a bronze loquat, a primrose, or a purple leaf plum. Whatever the species of tree, chances are excellent that Starbuck helped plant it.
Not as in ordered the tree or arranged for the planting. But as in actually put his fingers in the dirt and planted it.
A softspoken gentleman fond of berets, Starbuck has volunteered for a citywide treeplanting program since 1981, nearly without interruption. That’s almost 30 years of weekly plantings, without pay, come rain or shine.
“For Charlie to be that consistent, says Doug Wildman, program director cheap nike soccer cleats of San Francisco’s Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), his voice trailing off as he searches for the right superlative.
On cheap nike soccer cleats a recent dewy winter morning, neighbors gather in front of a row of San Francisco homes. Staff members from FUF have already been busy positioning trees in 15gallon pots in front of the homes, whose owners had signed up for the subsidized $75pertree planting.
This is a relatively small project cheap nike soccer cleats about 15 trees. Water and cable lines had been identified so they wouldn’t be mistakenly cut. All that is left to do is dig the holes, plant the trees, and stake them. Like clockwork, a few minutes before 9, up the block chugs Starbuck, toting his little black satchel of tools, his clippers in a holster hanging from his belt. He’s come from across town, courtesy of a city bus. Since moving to the city, he’s never owned a car.
For all its nike tiempo black charm, San Francisco is not particularly leafy. A 2006 study by the US Forest Service found that about 12 percent of the city is covered by trees.
Sandy soil, salty air, lots of wind, and narrow streets are common explanations for San Francisco’s low tree count.
For nearly three decades, Starbuck has been on a mission to change that.
The average tree planting is 30 trees per outing, though 60 and even 90tree plantings occur from time to time. Starbuck acts as a guide and teacher to the homeowners and volunteers. As he works, he likes to talk about what else, trees.
“My current favorite is the strawberry tree, he offers. Tree experts here are constantly on the look out for species that can handle the local climate. The strawberry tree, with its mock red fruit that hangs in draping clusters, is in high demand. “They’re hard to find right now because of the popularity, says FUF planting manager Heidi Lakics.
Care is relatively simple. nike tiempo black Most of San Francisco has sandy soil, so it is almost impossible to overwater the trees, Starbuck says. Just before a sapling goes in the ground, Starbuck uses a box cutter to make vertical slices down each side of the root ball so the roots don’t continue to grow in a circular fashion, as they do in their container cheap nike soccer cleats nike tiempo black.