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Introducing Trees for Seattle

The City of Seattle is introducing Trees for Seattle, the new name for all of the City of Seattle's urban forestry efforts, including Seattle reLeaf. Our name may be changing, but our commitment remains the same; ensuring that Seattle's urban forest is healthy, vital, and growing. You can continue to find information through our website here, or you can contact us at treesforseattle@seattle.gov or 206-684-TREE (8733). You can also follow us on facebook or sign up for our monthly newsletter.


Spring Is The Time To Mulch

Mulching is one of the best steps you can take to keep your tree happy, healthy, and beautiful. Mulch helps hold water in the soil over the dry summer months and breaks down slowly to feed your tree. Spring is the best time to give your tree a 1-2" thick layer of large wood chips. Arrange mulch in a doughnut shape around the tree keeping a hands-width distance from the trunk. Visit our mulching page for more information.


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 Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches.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.

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.




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