Basic guidelines for installing and maintaining urban trees for storm water quality benefits in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
(undated) By Prince Georges County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Resources. This publication outlines the basics of urban tree installation and care for commercial and residential owners.
The canopy of a tree or group of trees is the area of leaves and branches that create shade under the tree(s). Like umbrellas, trees reduce the amount of sunlight and rain reaching the ground. Trees in urban environments are particularly important for intercepting rainfall before it becomes stormwater runoff. Tree leaves, branches, stems, and roots catch falling rain, filter out pollutants, and absorb stormwater.
Planting urban trees can be very affordable for private property owners by taking advantage of Prince George’s County’s Rain Check Rebate Program. Rebates of $150 per tree (up to $1,200 per lot) are available for individual residential projects, and rebates of $150 per tree (up to $1,800 per lot) are available for multi-family dwellings, commercial businesses, and nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations.