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Register Now for Green Seattle Day

The Green Seattle Partnership is throwing a party - Green Seattle Day! Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City. Everyone is welcome. Saturday, November 12, 9 am - noon at Camp Long and 15 other parks across Seattle. No experience necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks, and instruction provided.

For more information, visit the Green Seattle Partnership's website.



Fall is Tree Planting Season

Fall is the best time of year to plant a new tree in Seattle. Trees planted in October-December benefit from our fall and winter rains, developing a stronger root system before the next summer dry spell.

If you're hoping to plant a tree this fall, we encourage you to think about the following questions:

  • Why am I planting a tree? Is it to add shade in summer, create a privacy screen, or simply add beauty?
  • What site factors will influence my tree selection? Be sure to think about how much available space you have, the surrounding structures like your house and fence, overhead power lines, and undergound utilities.
  • What is the right tree for my site? The key is right tree, right place. Consider the size at maturity, tree shape & form, whether you want a tree that is deciduous or evergreen, and whether the tree is approved for planting under power lines.
  • Is it a yard tree or a street tree? While you don't need a permit to plant a yard tree, you do need to obtain a planting permit from the Department of Transportation before planting any tree in the planting strip or right-of-way.

Learn more about selecting the right tree and planting location here. You can also attend our upcoming FREE tree planting workshop.

Fall Tree Planting Workshop (Beacon Hill)
Sunday, October 30th
3 pm - 4 pm
Beacon Hill Library Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave S, 98144

Hooray, tree planting season is here! Join us for a tree planting workshop to learn how to select the right tree and planting location, choose a healthy tree from the nursery, and how to properly plant your tree for success. We will also walk you through the street tree permitting process and demonstrate how to prepare a tree for planting. Kids welcome - we will have coloring books and crayons.


Street Tree Manual Available

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has a great new resource to provide a one-stop tree care reference for residents, developers, contractors, and tree service providers. The manual outlines the requirements and standards established in the 2013 Street Tree Ordinance. Click this link to open and explore the new manual.

If you have questions about the manual, contact SDOT at (206) 684-TREE or Seattle.Trees@seattle.gov.


Stop Tree Topping

If your trees are being pruned, be sure they are not being topped. Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches. It looks terrible, causes serious damage to the tree, and often turns a safe tree into a safety hazard. Check out this great resource from the City of Tacoma on why tree topping is a terrible way to treat your tree. If you are hiring someone to prune your trees, make sure they are an ISA Certified Arborist. A legitimate arborist will never recommend tree topping.


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