Want some free trees? Street tree application starts July 18

information from City of Seattle

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Trees for Neighborhoods is the City of Seattle’s residential tree planting project. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 6,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That’s 6,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier!            Learn more about the benefits of neighborhood trees here.

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

 Free trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 8).
  • 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

Check out some photos from past years to learn more about the process.

How to Apply

Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property. Read theplanting considerations. Consider attending a Trees for Neighborhoods Tree & Site Selection Workshop in July to learn how to select the right tree for the right spot in your yard.

Reserve your spot

Review the 2016 tree list here.

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 the space, please consider planting a larger stature tree.

Apply for trees starting Monday, July 18th through the online application, available on this webpage. This year’s application is a lottery; applications will be accepted between July 18th until August 8th.

NOTE- there is no longer any benefit to submitting your application early.

All applications will be processed once the first lottery round closes on August 8th. If trees are still available following this first lottery round, we’ll announce a second lottery round for remaining trees that will open in mid-August. Learn more about the new application process here.

If your application is approved, you will sign up to attend a planting and care workshop next fall to pick-up your trees.

Need assistance planting your new tree? We offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. To inquire about this service, please call 206-684-3979 or emailTreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov.

Important 2016 Dates

1st Application Round
July 18th – August 8th (All street tree applications due)

2nd Application Round
TBA, depending on tree availability following first round

Planting & Site Selection Workshops
July 20th at Lake City Community Center
July 25th at Rainier Beach Community Center

Tree Distribution Dates
October 23rd at UW Botanic Garden’s Center for Urban Horticulture
November 5th at UW Botanic Garden’s Center for Urban Horticulture

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