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Trees for Neighborhoods

Trees for Neighborhoods

Tree Ambassadors

Street tree applications are now closed. You may still apply for trees to plant in your yard.

Please make sure you have read the information below before applying

The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. That's 4,000 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired. Join the movement—plant a tree this year!

Trees for Neighborhoods 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. Check out this year’s AVAILABLE TREES
  • A watering bag for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning

Trees are distributed in October and November. All participants must attend a tree planting workshop to learn about proper planting and care. Participants are responsible for planting and all future care of their trees.

Trees for Neighborhoods

Have a large space in your yard? Plant a conifer!

Before You Apply

  1. Evaluate your property for available planting space. If you have a large space in your yard, consider one of the larger evergreen trees on this year’s list (e.g. Douglas fir, incense cedar, shore pine).
  2. Read the planting considerations page carefully to learn more about this year’s program details and what you should consider before making your tree selections.
  3. Check out this year’s available tree species here. Pay close attention to the information about height and spread at maturity and imagine your tree in 30 years—will there be enough space for the tree to thrive?

How to Apply

Trees for Neighborhoods is a very popular program and we process applications in the order they are received. For the best chance at receiving a tree, apply early! If you apply for trees that are currently sold out, you will be added to a waitlist. In 2013, approximately 30% of waitlisted participants ultimately received a tree.

Trees can be planted either in your yard or planting strip. Trees planted along streets are considered "street trees", and require a permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to plant. On your application, you will be asked if you wish to plant a tree along the street. We will submit a permit request on your behalf, but we cannot guarantee that it will be approved. Read more about the street tree permitting process here.

When submitting an application, please use your physical address where the trees will be planted and not a PO Box. Trees must be planted at this address. They cannot be given away to others.

Apply Online

or

Apply by Mail: Download the PDF application and mail back to us.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Street tree applications: CLOSED
Yard tree applications: Friday, October 10th

Planting a Street Tree?

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, a free permit is required from the Seattle Department of Transportation. We will apply for this permit on your behalf when you participate in the Trees for Neighborhoods program. Just be sure to indicate you are planting street trees on your application.

Street tree applications are now closed. If you are interested in planting a street tree, please join our email list to get information about next year's planting.

Questions?

First check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We’re here to help! Don't hesitate to ask. Email treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or call 206-684-3979.

Waiting to plant until next year? Join the email list to receive updates on 2015 available tree species and the applicaiton opening date.

See Where Our Trees Have Gone

Since 2009, residents have planted over 4000 trees through the program across the city. Explore the map to learn more about where the trees have been planted. Is there room for more trees in your neighborhood? Click here to explore the full map.

2013 Tree Species

Want To Do More?

Check out a Tree Ambassador event in your neighborhood here.

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!

To learn more about Trees for Neighborhoods, check out this video from a past particpant.

 

 

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