Harris County MUD 249 recognizes that trees provide countless benefits including cleaning the air, mitigating water run-off, providing shade to cool the surroundings, and beautifying our district. For more than 6 years, MUD 249 has partnered with Trees For Houston ( https://www.treesforhouston.org) to increase the number of trees in our district.
Over the past six years, Trees for Houston has provided MUD 249 with an average of 200 trees per year at no cost. These trees are native to the area, and MUD 249 follows the recommended planting schedule for each tree -typically this is in the late winter to early spring.
They are supplementally watered until they catch on, but if they don’t make it, they are replaced before new areas are planted.
When selecting a location to plant these trees, MUD 249 considers several factors, including where shade is needed, visual buffering, aesthetics, and gaps where trees have been removed. We understand that not every single tree will thrive, and expect to lose a few trees each year. Unfortunately, the severe drought we experienced in 2022 resulted in an unusually high number of new and existing trees dying or becoming diseased. We are hoping that will not occur again with this year’s trees.