Trees for Neighborhoods
Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 8,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That's 8,300 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 2018!
Thank you to everyone that has already applied for free trees in 2018 through Trees for Neighborhoods. We are currently accepting applications only for these remaining species:
- Turkish filbert
- Emerald Sunshine Elm
- Norway spruce
- Scotch pine
All other species are sold out. Street tree applications are also no longer being accepted; trees applied for now must be in your yard.
If you have already applied, we are working to process applications and you will hear from us soon. You will receive an email with the status of your application. If you applied for more than one tree, you may find that you were approved for some trees but not others. Read your email carefully as the status of all the trees you applied for will be in one email.
This email will also contain your pick up workshop date. Add the date to your calendar so you don’t forget!
Steps to apply for remianing trees (yard only):
- Evaluate your planting site and tree options. Select the tree best suited for the space. Review the 2018 tree options here.
- 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 here.
- In the fall, pick up your trees and attend a planting workshop to learn how to plant and care for them. Workshops are being held in two locations depending on the date. After applying, read your tree status approval email to know which workshop you are registered for. Workshop details:
Saturday, October 13, 9 am - 2 pm
Sunday, October 28, 9 am - 2 pm
University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle)
This workshop will be held at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture. You can come anytime during the hours listed. Expect to be there for 1 hour. You will pickup your trees at this workshop and bring them home with you.
Saturday, October 20, 9 am OR 10 am, South Seattle College - Georgetown Campus (6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle) (Limited Availability)This workshop is only available to participants planting in the 98126, 98106, 98108, and 98118 zip codes and only has 40 total spots available. If you received a spot in this workshop, your trees will be delivered to your home at a separate time. You must attend the workshop to have your trees delivered. Expect to be there for 1 hour.
- 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