Time to Apply for Trees for Neighborhoods!
Thinking of planting a tree in your yard or along your street this fall? Check out the list of tree species available through Trees for Neighborhoods this year and start planning how you can plant a legacy tree this fall. Applications for trees are now open through August 10th. Learn more here.
Keep Watering Your Trees
We have had more rain lately than we did this time last year. But our trees still need you to water them - it is not raining as much as it does in the winter. Keep your tree well hydrated all summer long. All trees need to be watered for their first five summers. Learn more about how to help your young trees grow strong 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
This year, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) 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 Tree topping is an outdated pruning practice that indiscriminately removes large amounts of leaves and branches.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.