This evening, I stopped by the budget meeting of the Exeter HoA Board. I went there to ask the HoA to use the weight of our contract to get our landscaping company not to operate gas-powered equipment on Code Orange and Code Red days. The Board agreed, so we'll see how our landscaper responds.
While I was there the Town Arborist, Jay Banks, had a conversation with the Board about tree coverage in Leesburg, and Exeter specifically. The Board was concerned about the loss of many trees in our neighborhood. There was a wide-ranging and excellent discussion of how difficult it is to plant the correct trees and keep them alive, consistently, over time. Part of the problem is that many of the trees that have been planted (and continue to be planted) are not appropriate for the soil in the neighborhood. In many cases, the trees are inexpensive, and don't survive for more than a few years. It's important for us to do a little background research if we are going to plant trees in our yards.
Jay pointed out that if you go to the town Tree Commission website there is a ton of useful information for homeowners who want to plant trees (which are likely to survive) and keep them alive in winter, spring, and summer.
So, as fall planting season arrives, take a look at the site, and consider some better trees for your yard.