Trees for Seattle – Yard Trees Still Available

Trees for Neighborhoods update from the City of Seattle —

Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 9,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That’s 9,300 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
  • Tree delivery & planting assistance if you need physical help or lack access to a vehicle
  • Street tree evaluations for the first couple of years to let you know how your trees are doing

Plant a Tree in 2019!

The initial application period has closed. We are still accepting applications for YARD TREES ONLY for the below species. We are no longer accepting applications for street trees. Remaing available species:

  • Hardy rubber tree
  • Douglas fir
  • Western hemlock
  • Incense cedar

Steps to Planting Your New Tree:

  1. Evaluate your planting site and tree optionsRead the planting considerations page. Select the tree best suited for the space.
    • Under power lines? Select one of the power line approved trees.
    • Backyard space? Choose the largest tree appropriate for your site.
  1. Review the 2019 tree list. Pay attention to the mature size of the trees and their needs for sun. Select trees that will have room to grow to maturity. If you have space, plant a large tree to bring the greatest benefits to your neighborhood.
  2. Apply Online. We are currently only accepting applications for yard trees(not trees planted along streets) and only a few remaining species. If there are more requests for a given species than we have trees available, recipients will be randomly selected. Learn more about the application process here.
  3. Chose a planting and care workshop when you apply. This is when you will pick-up your trees. Add this date to your calendar. Fall is the best time to plant a tree in Seattle so your new tree can settle in before the hot dry summer months.
  4. Need assistance planting your new tree? We offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. Call 206-684-3979 or email for information.

Important 2019 Dates

  • October 5: Tree pick up workshop. Center for Urban Horticulture (Montlake neighborhood)
  • October 12: Tree pick up workshop. Georgetown Campus South Seattle College (limited availability)
  • October 27: Tree pick up workshop. Center for Urban Horticulture (Montlake neighborhood)