It's Hot! Time to Water.
Our trees are giving us much needed shade during this hot summer. Let's make sure they get the water they need in return. You may see City of Seattle Department of Transportation trucks out watering street trees. Make sure the young trees in your yard are also receiving enough water; at least 15-20 gallons twice a week. This summer is so hot that even older trees may need to be watered. A 2-4" thick layer of wood mulch around the base of the tree will do wonders to keep that water in the soil where the tree needs it.
Wallingford Work Party
Saturday, July 11th
9 am - noon
Meet at the landscaped area at Midvale Ave N and N 46th Seattle, WA
Help beautify Wallingford! Join Seattle Tree Ambassadors and your neighbors at N 46th and Midvale Ave N in improving the site by weeding, opening up sight lines, cleaning up garbage, and mulching. No gardening skills required, all levels of enthusiasm appreciated. We'll provide tools, gloves, safety vests, instructions, and snacks. Spend a few hours communing with nature up close & personal in order to improve this greenspace. Come prepared with close toed shoes, sun protective clothing, and a water bottle/coffee mug. Plenty of street parking on the east side of Aurora.
Trees for Neighborhoods Species List + Tree and Planting Site Selection Workshops
The list of tree species that will be available through the 2015 Trees for Neighborhoods project is now available. Check it out and start thinking about how these trees could bring beauty and wonder to your yard. Need help deciding where to plant? Attend one of our tree and planting site selection workshops. Questions we'll be addressing include:
- Where's the best location in my yard to plant?
- Which tree is right for me?
- How do I get a permit for a street tree?
- How does Trees for Neighborhoods work?
- Your specific questions
RSVP here; space is limited
South Park Tree Walk
Monday, July 20
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Meet at South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S, Seattle
Join the Tree Ambassadors for an evening Tree Walk around South Park. We will learn about the neighborhood’s gorgeous trees and discuss the importance of putting the right tree in the right place for a long and healthy life. Can't join us? Download the self-guided tour here and enjoy discovering these trees at your own pace.
Let's Green the Duwamish!
The City of Seattle is focusing on growing trees in the Duwamish neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park. Throughout the year, you may see us working on important tree projects such as planting, caring for young trees, and pruning. Find all of our upcoming events in the area here.
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
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just released a 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.