Eastlake Tree Walk
Saturday, June 1
10 am - 12 pm
Meet at the corner of Roanoke and Fairview Ave E, Seattle
Join your neighbors, friends, and experts for a tree walk of an Eastlake neighborhood to learn more about the trees that live amongst us! Our 2-hour walk will help you discover over 40 different trees in a 1/2 mile walking area.
Time to Water Young Trees!
It’s warm and dry outside, which is fun for people but not for young trees. Summer is watering season for young trees. Trees planted in the past 3-5 years need 15-20 gallons of water at least once a week. When young trees get summer water, they thrive through the dry season and develop healthy root systems preventing the need to water once the tree is established. You can find more information on watering and young tree care here.
Can Urban Trees Make People Happier?
New research from Europe shows a link between the presence of trees and green spaces and higher life satistfaction. This trend holds true even when accounting for differences such as income, health, employment, and marital status. Learn more here.
Ballard Tree Care Party
Wed, June 19
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Meet at Ballard Corners Park, 17th Ave NW and NW 62nd St
Street trees provide so much to us – let’s love them back by getting rid of the weeds choking their trunks and giving them a nice new layer of mulch. There are almost 200 trees in the blocks around Ballard Corners park that need our help to thrive this summer. Tools and refreshments will be provided, but be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty and closed-toe shoes.
Queen Anne's Tree Ambassador Makes a Splash
Check out this recent article in the Queen Anne & Magnolia news profiling the Tree Ambassador program and one of our stellar volunteers.
Our Urban Forest is Among the Top 10 in the Country!
American Forests has just named the 10 Best Cities in the country for urban forestry - and Seattle is one of them! Seattle's high ranking was based on these criteria:
- Civic engagement in maintaining the urban forest;
- Urban forest strategies and city greening to address city infrastructure challenges;
- Accessibility of urban forest and greenspaces to the public;
- Overall health and condition of the city’s urban forest;
- Documented knowledge about its urban forests; and
- Urban forest management plans and management activities.
You can read more in local press reports from King5 and KPLU. You can also check out the case study American Forests recently published about Seattle and see how we stack up compared to Portland, Milwaukee, Denver, Baltimore, and more.
Have a Question about Trees? Ask Our Experts!
Q. Why should I plant a large tree?
A. Healthy, mature trees provide many benefits to people and the environment. To maximize those benefits, plant a tree with the largest mature size that fits your space.
Large trees often become treasured neighborhood assets. Research has shown that they provide higher quality habitat for birds and other wildlife, and they have larger root systems to help stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion. Large trees do more to buffer weather conditions, providing shade on hot days to reduce the need for air conditioning, and blocking winter winds to help save on heating bills.
Large evergreen trees, especially conifers, are even better. Because large conifers grow so tall in our region, they produce a larger volume of leaf area on a smaller footprint – using the same amount of yard space but working harder to take in carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, and filter out air pollutants. And because evergreens hold their needles and leaves through the winter, our rainy season, they reduce stormwater runoff to a much greater extent than do small deciduous trees.
Before choosing a tree, make sure you have enough space for it to reach its mature size. If you have a big enough area, larger trees will provide the most benefits.
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