Tuesday, September 3, 2013

City's Free Trees For Neighborhoods Program Still Accepting Applications

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The City's Trees for Neighborhoods Program has one tree species remining, the Austrian pine, and the program coordinator told us "We’d love it if we could find some homes for the trees in Laurelhurst."

Participants in the Trees for Neighborhoods program receive free trees, watering bags, training on proper planting and maintenance, and opportunities for additional workshops such as young tree pruning.

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.).
Although this one tree is still available, applicants are encouraged to continue to apply for trees currently waitlisted as many will become available in the fall.
The Austrian pine is a large conifer reaching an approximate height of 40’ and a spread of 25’ at maturity. They do best in  yards, as opposed to street treese, as they grow quite large.  The tree has a broad, flat crown and a rough, short trunk with spreading branches. The tree’s dense shiny green foliage provides a good screen or windbreak and is adaptable to a wide variety of urban conditions and soil types and is easy to grow.
The trees, planted around Seattle, provide habitat for birds, stabilize steep slopes, reduce surface run-off year-round by absorbing rainwater, and cut energy costs by providing a natural windbreak in the winter and shade in the summer.
To apply on-line go here and for more information go here, call 206-615-1668 or email treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov.


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