Since 2009, the initiative has helped Seattleites plant 13,000+ trees in their yards and nearby streets to beautify the city. If you’re selected, you get assistance from the city on proper care, a watering bag + mulch, and tree health evaluation for the first couple of years.
It’s pretty easy treesy to participate, but we’ll run down the basics.
Take a stroll around your yard. The space will help determine the type of tree to apply for — is there room for a large tree? Are you close to power lines? Planting on the street is fine, but there’s a separate permitting process for that.
Also, consider your general goals for planting, whether it’s to create cool shade or a nice, natural hotel for local wildlife. That will help determine what species you jot down on the application. You can select up to three per household.
If your application is approved, you’ll have to attend one of four workshops in late September or early October, so clear your calendar.
Then, it’s time for the fun part — planting. Get that baby going in the fall before it gets too cold.
Spruce up your yard with these options:
- Aptos blue coastal redwood | Fast-growing tree that can reach up to 70+ ft and has nice, soft bark
- Jubilee Alaska yellow cedar | Can create a lot of shade with its blue-green needles
- Shore pine | Highly adaptable native conifer with cones that attract song birds
- Mountain hemlock | Shorter species good for rock gardens
Pro tip: the program often receives more applications than it has trees — you can increase your chances of getting one by applying for a larger tree, if you can.