Trees for Seattle
Trees for Seattle is the umbrella for all of the City of Seattle's urban forestry efforts. Our commitment is to ensure that Seattle's urban forest is healthy, vital, and growing. You can find information through our website here, or you can contact us at email@example.com or 206-684-TREE (8733). You can also follow us on facebook or sign up for our monthly newsletter.
It's Summer - Water Young Trees
Our warm, dry summers are tough on young trees. If you planted a tree within the last 5 years, start summer watering now. Give your tree at least 15-20 gallons of water a week now through the end of summer. Sign up for our young tree email list for watering and care reminders or look for more information on our website here. Is there a street tree owned by the Seattle Department of Transportation near you? SDOT has started their summer watering, and you may see their trucks out giving thirsty trees a drink. Be sure to give the watering crew a friendly wave!
2016 Canopy Cover Study
Canopy cover is the percent of the city that's covered by trees, as seen in an aerial view. Canopy cover is an important management tool for the City to understand the extent and distribution of trees in Seattle. Seattle's goal, established in 2007, is to reach 30% canopy cover by 2037. The City of Seattle’s most recent canopy cover study, using data from 2016, found that 28% of Seattle is covered with trees. You can find more information here.
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 Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches.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.