Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Get FreeTrees For Your Street Or Yard Through City Program

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The City of Seattle’s annual Trees for Neighborhoods  program, a program of Seattle reLeaf, is offering free trees to Seattle residents.  Each year the program gives away thousands of trees are give to residents to plant in their yards and parking strips.

Many streets in Laurelhurst, including the 4500 block of 46th Avenue NE, have participated in the program and have their street lined with beautiful trees. 

This year the tree pickup is located very close to Laurelhurst  at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street.).   

Seattle reLeaf’s Trees for Neighborhoods program participants can receive up to four trees, including fruit trees, evergreen trees, street trees, as well as free watering bags for each tree, training on proper tree planting and maintenance, and  informative workshop opportunities on topics like young tree pruning.  

Applications are now being accepted for thirteen tree species, including Galaxy Magnolia, Tall Stewartia, Emerald Sunshine Elm, Mountain Hemlock, and June Snow Dogwood.  Here is the complete tree list.

Applications for street trees are due September 1st and for yard trees on October 11th.  Residents are urged to apply early as many species are claimed quickly. Trees can be picked up between October 19th or November 3rd.

The website information says:

Urban trees are important for cleaning our water and air, storing carbon, and building community. Trees also calm traffic, making our streets friendly to walk and bike. Larger trees provide the greatest benefits to neighborhoods and our environment because they absorb more storm water, breathe in more carbon dioxide, and breathe out more oxygen than smaller trees.
If space allows, Seattle reLeaf recommends residents plant larger trees whenever appropriate. This year, consider planting one of the larger trees offered through the program, such as an Oriental Spruce, Austrian Pine, or native Mountain Hemlock!
Go here for more information, email or call (206) 615-1668.

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