Thursday, July 27, 2017

Get Free Trees For Your Street Or Yard Through City Program

Seattle reLeaf

The City of Seattle’s annual Trees for Neighborhoods  program, is offering free trees to Seattle residents.  Each year the program gives away thousands of trees to plant in their yards and parking strips, the space between the sidewalk and the road, or in the space approximately 10 feet from the curb or roadside, in the absence of sidewalks.

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

On Wednesday, August 2nd, a free workshop is being held at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Avenue NE) to learn how Trees for Neighborhoods works. Participants can ask questions about which tree is best for their site, the best place to plant it and how to get a street tree planting permit.

Applications are now being accepted through August 14 and trees can be picked up  on  October 21 and October 29 after attending an hour long workshop.  The tree pickup is at nearby 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 and street trees, as well as a free watering bag and mulch for each tree, training on proper tree planting and maintenance, ongoing care reminders, future pruning workshop opportunities and tree evaluations for the first couple of years.

 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.  
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!
Go here for more information, email or call (206) 615-1668.

 4500 block of 46th Avenue NE lined with City's free trees

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