Thursday, November 25, 2010

Free Trees For Your Yard!

Despite the very cold weather the past few days, ideal tree planting time is nearly upon us! Seattle reLeaf is offering free trees for your yard! Details are below.
The Seattle reLeaf Trees for Neighborhoods program is pleased to offer you free trees to plant in your yard. Planting trees is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. An average city tree will absorb about a ton of harmful carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Urban trees also help keep our water clean, our air breathable, provide habitat for birds and other wildlife and make Seattle a vibrant place to live and work.
Tree supply is limited, so it is first come, first served. Applications will not be accepted after Dec 6. Program participants will receive up to 4 free trees per household, watering bags, a bag of GroCo compost, and training on proper tree planting and care.
Available species include:
Shore pine (Pinus contorta 'Contorta')
Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
Red oak (Quercus rubra)
Western red cedar (Thuja plicata 'Excelsa')
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
To receive a free tree, you must meet these guidelines:
Live in Seattle, and plant the tree on your property (renters must have their landlord's permission)
Plant the trees in your yard, and not as street trees
Do NOT plant the trees under power lines (these are large trees that will eventually grow into the power lines)
Commit to caring for the tree in the future, including watering for the first 3 summers
To get your trees, send in the application ASAP.
Questions can be directed to: 
Jana Dilley 
Seattle reLeaf

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