Street tree applications are now closed, but there’s still time to apply for trees for your yard! Yard tree applications close October 10th. Please make sure you have read the information below before applying
The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. That’s 4,000 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired. Join the movement—plant a tree this year!
Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:
- Free trees (up to 4 per household). We offer a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard. Check out this year’s AVAILABLE TREES
- A watering bag for each tree
- Training on proper planting and care
- Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
- Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning
Trees are distributed in October and November. All participants must attend a tree planting workshop to learn about proper planting and care. Participants are responsible for planting and all future care of their trees.
Evaluate your property for available planting space. If you have a large space in your yard, consider one of the larger evergreen trees on this year’s list (e.g. Douglas fir, incense cedar, shore pine).Before You Apply
- Read the planting considerations page carefully to learn more about this year’s program details and what you should consider before making your tree selections.
- Check out this year’s available tree species here. Pay close attention to the information about height and spread at maturity and imagine your tree in 30 years—will there be enough space for the tree to thrive?
How to Apply
Trees for Neighborhoods is a very popular program and we process applications in the order they are received. For the best chance at receiving a tree, apply early! If you apply for trees that are currently sold out, you will be added to a waitlist. In 2013, approximately 30% of waitlisted participants ultimately received a tree.
Trees can be planted either in your yard or planting strip. Trees planted along streets are considered “street trees”, and require a permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to plant. On your application, you will be asked if you wish to plant a tree along the street. We will submit a permit request on your behalf, but we cannot guarantee that it will be approved. Read more about the street tree permitting process here.
When submitting an application, please use your physical address where the trees will be planted (not a PO Box). Trees must be planted at this address. They cannot be given away to others.