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Trees for Neighborhoods

Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 7,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That's 7,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier! See where the trees are planted.

When you participate in Trees for Neighborhoods, you receive:

  • Help selecting the right tree and planting location
  • Free trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 6)
  • A watering bag & mulch for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities
  • Tree delivery & planting assistance if you need physical help or lack access to a vehicle
  • Street tree "check-ups" for the first couple of years to let you know how your trees are doing

Plant a Tree in 2017!

Trees for Neighborhoods takes place every year. The application opens in July and trees are distributed in the fall.

  1. Evaluate your planting site and this year's tree options. Click here to view this year's tree options. Select the tree best suited for the space.
    • Under power lines? Select one of the power line approved tree.
    • Planting along the street? Review the minimum planting strip width requirements before selecting your tree.
    • Backyard space? Choose the largest tree appropriate for your site.
  2. Apply for trees starting July 18th. Sign up here to receive an email notification when the application is live. Due to the program's popularity, the application is a lottery; not everyone who applies will receive trees.
  3. Pick up your trees in fall and attend a planting workshop to learn how to plant and care for them.
  4. Bring your trees home and plant them! Stay connected to Trees for Seattle and receive tips and tree care reminders to keep your trees healthy.

Download the 2017 tree guide to help you decide which tree is best for your space or share with your friends and neighbors.

What Past Participants Say about Trees for Neighborhoods

Nearly 100% of Trees for Neighborhoods participants tell us that they would recommend the program to a friend or neighbor. Around 85% of participants tell us they learned something new about tree planting or care.

"This was the first time we planted a tree, and the first time we've had a yard in which to plant anything, so everything was new, helpful information for us."

"Everything was very organized and every person was very helpful. I enjoyed the whole process and love seeing the tree planted in my yard!"

"This was the first time we participated and absolutely loved the experience. Our tree is doing great!"

"I didn't realize how much the trees I plant on my own property could benefit the city/environment. I also had NO idea how to plant one properly."

Check out some photos from the fall pick-up events to learn more about the process.

Planting Street Trees

What is a street tree? A street tree is planted in the public right-of-way, usually in the planting strip (space between sidewalk and road) or in the space approximately 10 feet from the curb or roadside, in the absence of sidewalks.

To make sure street trees are planted in locations where they will not interfere with underground sewer, water, and gas lines or overhead power lines, residents must obtain a free permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation. To apply for a free street tree planting permit, download the application and learn more here. Want help with your permit application? Apply for Trees for Neighborhoods next year; we will submit a planting permit application on your behalf. Yard trees do not require a planting permit.

We Want to Help You Plant!

Even if you are not planting a free tree through the program, we are here to help you plant trees in your yard or planting strip. We can give you advice about choosing the right tree, finding the right planting spot, and planting your new tree correctly. Do not hesitate to call or email us!

Email: TreesForNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov
Call: 206-684-3979

Check out the most Frequently Asked Questions.

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Further Information & Links

Tree Planting
Tree Care
Street Tree Planting
SDOT's Approved Street Tree List

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