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.
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 2017!
We still have some trees available! Trees for Neighborhoods takes place every year. The application opens in July and trees are distributed in the fall.
- Evaluate your planting site and this year's tree options. Click here to view this year's tree options. 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. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING STREET TREE APPLICATIONS - THE STREET TREE DEADLINE HAS PASSED.
- Backyard space? Choose the largest tree appropriate for your site.
- Apply for trees. We still have some trees available to plant this fall! Apply today for your tree. Remaining trees are available on a first come, first served basis.
- In the fall, pick up your trees and attend a planting workshop to learn how to plant and care for them. Tree pickup and workshop events will be held on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 29. On these days you can come any time between 9 am - 2 pm. Plan to be there for about 1 hour. You can choose either date when you apply. Tree pickup and workshops are at the University of Washington's Botanic Gardens.
- 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.
Download the 2017 tree guide to help you decide which tree is best for your space or share with your friends and neighbors.
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