Trees For Neighborhoods

Happy Trees for Neighborhoods participants

 

Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 12,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That's 12,300 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
  • Planting assistance (on a limited basis due to volunteer availability).
  • Street tree evaluations for the first couple of years to let you know how your trees are doing

Plant a Tree in 2022!

The application will open in July of 2022.
To make sure you don't miss the application window, sign up for the 2022 email notification.   

 

                                             

Steps to Planting a New Tree:

  1. Choose your planting site and look over the 2022 tree options. Read the tree selection page to help you select the tree best suited for the space.
    Planting under power lines? Select one of the power line approved trees.
    Planting in a backyard space? Choose the largest tree appropriate for your site.

    When reviewing the  2022 tree options pay attention to the mature size of the trees and their need for sun. Select trees that will have room to grow to maturity. If you have space, plant a large tree to get the greatest benefits for your neighborhood.

    Want help deciding the right tree for your space? Attend one of our Right Tree, Right Place Webinars. These will help you make the best decision about where to plant your tree. 
             -  July 19: Right Tree, Right Place Zoom Webinar 7-8 pm Register here
             -  July 23: Right Tree, Right Place Zoom Webinar 10-11 am Register here 

                                                                                                                                     
  2. The application for free trees opens July 11th. All applications will be processed and applicants notified of their status after the application closes on August 8th. If trees are still available after the first application period, a second application period may be added in mid-August. 

  3. When you apply, you will chose a Planting and Care Workshop in the fall of 2022, this is where you will pick up your trees.  Tree recipients are required to learn about proper planting and care of their trees. If you want to skip the training when you pick up your trees, you can opt to participate in a short online tree Planting and Care Webinar ahead of the pick up event. If you are approved for trees, we will email you the registration links for the webinar. You will need to attend a webinar or the live training before you pick up your trees.   
     
  4. Plant and mulch your new trees. Fall is the best time to plant a tree in Seattle so your new tree can settle in before the hot dry summer months. For an in depth "how to" on planting and caring for your new tree, check out this video of our Planting and Care Webinar.

  5. Need assistance planting your new tree? We offer planting help to participants who need physical assistance. Call (206) 684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov for information. This service is performed by volunteers and may be limited by volunteer availability.

Important 2022 Dates

July 11: Application opens
July 19: Right Tree, Right Place Zoom Webinar 7-8 pm Register here
July 23: Right Tree, Right Place Zoom Webinar 10-11 am Register here
August 8: Application closes
September 24: Planting and Care Zoom Webinar 10-10:45 am
September 28: Planting and Care Zoom Webinar 7-7:45 pm
October 1: Planting and Care Workshop and Tree Pick-Up Event, Center for Urban Horticulture, 9 am - 2 pm
October 15: South Seattle Planting and Care Workshop, Rainier Beach Urban Farm, 9 am - 1 pm
October 23: Planting and Care Workshop and Tree Pick-Up Event, Center for Urban Horticulture, 9 am - 2 pm


  

Your Responsibilities

  • Choose trees appropriate for the space
  • On your application, indicate if the tree will be planted in your yard or along the street (trees in unimproved right of ways are street trees).
  • Attend a planting and care workshop or webinar. You will pick up your trees from one of our Tree Pick-Up Events.
  • 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.)

Application Information

Trees for Neighborhoods is a popular program and some trees are more popular than others. Small trees are most popular. When we receive more applications for a given species than we have trees available, applications are chosen at random. To increase your chances of receiving a tree, consider planting a larger tree if space allows. If you are not immediately approved for a tree, you will be placed on a waitlist. 

How will I know if my application is approved?
After the application closes, Trees for Seattle will begin processing applications. You will receive an email with the status of your tree application once all applications are processed.

How does random selection work?
All applications received will be assigned a random number once the application closes. Trees for Seattle staff process applications in order by this random number. An entire application order will be processed at once, however only trees still available will be marked as "Approved". Trees will be distributed until sold out. Once a species is sold out, requests will be added to a waitlist in the same sequential order and marked on the application as "Waitlist". As trees become available for the waitlist, they will be distributed in order of the position on the waitlist. If you are "Waitlisted" for a tree, it is possible that you can become "Approved" for that tree as late as October or November.

Can I submit more than one application to improve my chances?
No, you may only submit one application per household. We will only process the first application we receive from your address. Since we will process the entire application at once, it does not benefit you to submit more than one. If you submit your application and would like to make a change before the application closing date, please contact us and we will make that change on your behalf.

Attention renters! If you do not own your home, you need to ask the permission of the homeowner before applying for trees. Also consider follow-up care. Young trees need regular summer watering through their first five years. If you do not plan to be at your home that long, consider how the young tree will receive the proper care it needs.

Attention landlords! If you apply for trees for one of your rental properties, please consider future watering and maintenance. If you are unable to water the trees 2x/week during the summer months, please be sure your renter is willing.

Tree Pick-Up Information

  • You must be present at the pick-up date you chose on your application to pick up your trees. Indicate which date you are available to pick up your tree on the application. Tree recipients are required to learn about proper planting and care of their trees. If you want to skip the training when you pick up your trees, you can opt to participate in a short online tree Planting and Care Webinar ahead of the pick up event. If you are approved for trees, we will email you the registration links for the webinar dates. You will need to attend a webinar or the live training at the pick up event before you pick up your trees. If you live in zip codes 98108, 98118, 98106, or 98126, you can choose to attend the Planting and Care Workshop at Rainier Beach Urban Farm. Space is limited. You will not need to pick up your trees at this event as we will deliver them to you. If you choose this workshop at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and do not get in, we will contact you and request that you choose a pick-up date at the Center for urban Horticulture to pick up your trees.
  • You are responsible for transporting your trees from the pick-up site to your home. You may need to rent or borrow a pickup truck if you have a small vehicle or are picking up numerous trees. Remember that having more passengers in the vehicle means less space for trees.
  • The trees will be in 5 or 7 gallon containers and are generally 5-7 feet tall. Staff will help you load your trees on the pick-up days, but you may need to make sure you have help to unload once you are home. 
  • All trees should be planted within 1-2 weeks after receiving them. You are responsible for planting the tree, which is why we require each participant to go through a Planting and Care workshop or webinar. If you are physically unable to plant your tree and would like assistance, please contact us.
  • Your young trees will not survive the dry summer without watering. Water bags will be provided to help you care for your trees in the summer. For more tips about caring for your young tree, click here.

Contact Us

Email: TreesForNeighborhoods@Seattle.gov
Call: (206) 684-3979