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Trees for Neighborhoods 2015

It's that time again! The 2015 Trees for Neighborhoods application opens online Monday, August 3rd at 10am. View the 2015 tree list here.

Now is the time to plan and think about which trees you might plant to add wonder and beauty to your yard. Please reach out with questions about placement or tree selection- we're here to help.

Miss the tree & planting site selection workshops in July? Check out the presentation here.

Our native grand fir makes a beautiful yard tree. If you have the space, apply for one for your yard this year!

Program Details

Trees for Neighborhoods helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped residents plant over 5,300 trees in yards and along streets. That's 5,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier. Learn more about the benefits of neighborhood trees here.

Participants receive:

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household). We offer a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard. Click here to view the 2015 tree list.
  • A watering bag for each tree
  • 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

Join the movement and plant a tree in your yard! The 2015 application opens online Monday, August 3rd at 10am. If you would like an email notification when the application opens, please click here to join the 2015 email list.

How it Works

  1. Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property. Read the Program Details & Planting Considerations page before selecting trees. Be sure to assess your planting space and match it to an appropriate tree.
  2. Apply for trees through the online application for your yard or along the street. Online application will be available here starting Monday, August 3rd at 10am. To request a paper application, please call (206) 684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov.
  3. Attend a planting workshop in October or November to learn about proper planting and care and bring home your new trees. This year's workshops will be held at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture.
  4. Plant and mulch your new trees.*
  5. Stay connected with care reminders and pruning workshop opportunities to ensure you're giving your trees the love and care they need to thrive.

*On a case-by-case basis, we offer street tree planting assistance to participants who are physically unable to plant a tree themselves. To inquire about this service, please call 206-684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov.

Check out some photos from past years to learn more about the process.

Join the movement this year!

Your Responsibilities

  • Choose trees appropriate for the space (Read the Planting Considerations page for more information)
  • On your application, indicate if the tree will be planted on the street
  • Pickup your trees and attend a planting & care workshop
  • Only plant trees in approved locations- trees must be planted at the address on the application. Street trees must be planted in approved and marked locations.
  • Properly plant trees in the ground (no pots!)
  • Assume all future maintenance & responsibility (watering, raking, pruning, mulching, etc.)

Planting Street Trees

Street trees provide our neighborhoods so many benefits from traffic calming to making our streets more attractive for walking and biking.

To make sure street trees are planted in locations where they will not interfere with underground sewer, water, and gas lines and overhead power lines, residents must obtain a free permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation. We will apply for this permit on your behalf when you participate in the Trees for Neighborhoods program. Be sure to indicate you are planting street trees on your application.

Questions?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has already been answered. If not, we’re here to help! Please don't hesistate from reaching out and asking. Contact us at TreesForNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov or 206-684-3979

Do you or someone you know need physical assistance planting a tree this year? On a case-by-case basis, we offer tree planting assistance to participants who are physically unable to plant a tree themselves. To inquire about this service, please call 206-684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov.

See Where Our Trees Have Gone

Since 2009, residents have planted over 5,000 trees across the city through Trees for Neighborhoods. Explore the map to learn more about where the trees have been planted. Click here to explore a larger more interactive map.

Is there room for more trees in your neighborhood?

Want To Do More?

Join the Tree Ambassadors for a neighborhood Tree Walk or an upcoming work party to help keep our urban forest healthy and beautiful. Check out our upcoming events calendar.

Volunteer at a park near you with Green Seattle Partnership and help restore our parks by planting native trees and shrubs and pulling invasives. Click here to learn more!

 

 

   
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