Celebrate Arbor Day!
Join the City of Seattle in celebrating Arbor Day. Activities will include facilitated tree climbing, volunteer tree planting, Ask an Arborist booth, a neighborhood Tree Walk, apple cider pressing, and more! Saturday, October 15, 9 am - 12 pm at Virgil Flaim Park in the Lake City neighborhood (2700 NE 123rd St, Seattle; Lake City neighborhood)
Fall Tree Watering
We are starting to feel the crisp bite of fall in the air with cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. The rainy season is around the corner, but it is not here yet! It is still very important to keep watering your young trees with 15-20 gallons of water twice a week. Using a water bag keeps water near your tree's roots and prevents water from running off and being wasted. All trees need to be watered for their first five summers. Learn more about how to help your young trees grow strong here.
Fall is a busy time for trees in Seattle. We have lots of ways you can get involved, like volunteering at a work party to save trees or taking a Tree Walk to learn more about the trees in your neighborhood. Check our events page for more information and RSVP today.
What's That Tree?
It's a common question for us here at Seattle reLeaf, especially in the spring when flowers and leaves start to emerge. Now there's a new way for you to find the answer. Tree Walk - Seattle is an Android-based app with a web version for non-Android users that can help you identify the beautiful trees you see around you in Seattle everyday. Learn more here.
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 Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches.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.