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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.

Thanks to the help of 470 households, we planted 1,000 new trees in Seattle in 2016! If you participated and have questions about your new tree, please contact treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov.

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. Due to the program's popularity, the application is a lottery; not everyone who applies will receive trees.

The tree list changes each year, however we always offer a variety of trees appropriate for planting under power lines, along the street, and in large yards. Sign up to receive email updates about the 2017 Trees for Neighborhoods lottery, which will open in July.

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.

How are the Trees Doing?

Trees for Seattle cares about the survival and the health of the trees planted through Trees for Neighborhoods. That is why beginning in 2015, we began surveying all the street trees planted through the program in the last couple of years to better understand survival, health, and the tree care practices of the adjacent residents.

What we found was encouraging! This past summer, our field crew surveyed all 428 street trees planted in 2014 and 2015 and found that 94% were alive. We also found that the majority of trees were receiving great care, including weekly watering and a nice ring of mulch around the base. Our field crew left a report card at each home we surveyed to give the resident some postive encouragement and tree care advice.

Did you plant a tree through Trees for Neighborhoods and have questions about caring for it? Please don't hesitate to contact us, we would love to help. Email treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or call 206-684-3979.

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.

Sign up to receive email updates about the 2017 Trees for Neighborhoods project..

Further Information & Links

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