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!
Applications open in the summer each year. To make sure you don't miss the application window, sign up here for the 2019 email list to find out what tree species we will have and application information when we have that information available.
How does Trees for Neighborhoods work?
- 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 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.
- Apply for trees when the application opens in mid-July. Our tree list changes each year. Check out lists from past years here.
- In the fall, pick up your trees and attend a planting workshop to learn how to plant and care for them.
- 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.
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 get a free permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation. When you participate in Trees for Neighborhoods, we will submit a planting permit application on your behalf. Yard trees do not require a planting permit.
Check out the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Further Information & Links
Street Tree Planting
SDOT's Approved Street Tree List