Trees for Neighborhoods
Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 9,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That's 9,300 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 evaluations for the first couple of years to let you know how your trees are doing
Plant a Tree in 2019!
The initial application period has closed. We are still accepting applications for YARD TREES ONLY for the below species. We are no longer accepting applications for street trees. Remaing available species:
- Incence cedar
- Douglas fir
- Western hemlock
- Frontier elm
- Hardy rubber tree
- Rivers purple European beech
- Scarlet oak
Steps to Planting Your New Tree:
- Evaluate your planting site and tree options. Read the planting considerations page. Select the tree best suited for the space.
- Under power lines? Select one of the power line approved trees.
- Backyard space? Choose the largest tree appropriate for your site.
Review the 2019 tree list. Pay attention to the mature size of the trees and their needs for sun. Select trees that will have room to grow to maturity. If you have space, plant a large tree to bring the greatest benefits to your neighborhood.
- Apply Online. We are currently only accepting applications for yard trees (not trees planted along streets) and only a few remaining species. If there are more requests for a given species than we have trees available, recipients will be randomly selected. Learn more about the application process here.
- Chose a planting and care workshop when you apply. This is when you will pick-up your trees. Add this date to your calendar. Fall is the best time to plant a tree in Seattle so your new tree can settle in before the hot dry summer months.
- Need assistance planting your new tree? We offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. Call 206-684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov for information.
Important 2019 Dates
- October 5: Tree pick up workshop. Center for Urban Horticulture (Montlake neighborhood)
- October 12: Tree pick up workshop. Georgetown Campus South Seattle College (limited availability)
- October 27: Tree pick up workshop. Center for Urban Horticulture (Montlake neighborhood)
- Choose trees appropriate for the space (Read the Planting Considerations page for more information)
- On your application, indicate if the tree will be planted along the street or in your yard
- Pickup your trees and attend an onsite 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 (summer watering, raking, pruning, mulching, etc.)
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 the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Further Information & Links
Street Tree Planting
SDOT's Approved Street Tree List