Whether in the rural mountains, local parks, or your own backyard, trees are an integral part of the Pacific Northwest’s ecosystem. Having a variety of tree species in your area can add shade, offer comfort, foster wildlife diversity, and more. If you are interested in planting some trees in your area, knowing a few best practices before you get started can help this process run more smoothly. Here is an introduction to planting trees and a few tips for getting started!
Reasons to Plant a Tree
Trees are not only beautiful additions to a landscape; they also offer many benefits for your home. Some reasons to plant trees in your neighborhood include:
- To add shade and cool surrounding homes and yards
- To improve air quality
- To increase your home’s value
- To reduce runoff in your area
- To add beauty to your space
Getting Started With Tree Planting
If you are hoping to plant a tree in your space, knowing a few best practices before you get started is important. Some key considerations to keep in mind when planning your tree planting include:
- Tree species: This will determine the look and size of your tree, the amount of shade it provides, whether or not it bears fruit, and a number of other factors.
- Location and surroundings: Where you will plant your tree is another important factor to consider. Be mindful of how close your tree is to your home and to neighboring properties. Choosing a space with attention to where sunlight hits your house may also help you save on cooling costs by creating natural shade!
- Safety: Ensuring that you plant your trees in a safe place is also crucial. Be aware of utility lines and underground plumbing, as trees branches and root systems could potentially interfere with them.
If you are unsure of where to begin or would simply like to work with a professional to make sure you are planting your trees safely and effectively, our team is happy to help with all of your tree planting needs.
Trees for Neighborhoods
If you are interested in planting trees in your area but are worried about the cost, Trees for Neighborhoods may be perfect for you! This program can provide households with up to four free trees each for their yards. The city will also help residents with permitting and planting. The Washington Tree Experts team is happy to provide advice and consultation about where to plant street and yard trees, as well as recommend species and best practices for ongoing maintenance and care.
If you are interested in signing up for Trees for Neighborhoods, fill out this form to start receiving program updates. Applications open in July!
Other Ways to Help Local Urban Forests
Trees for Neighborhoods isn’t the only city program that allows residents to learn about and care for the trees in their areas. If you are interested in helping our urban forests in other ways, explore some of the following programs:
- Tree Ambassadors: The City of Seattle’s Tree Ambassadors program calls on local tree enthusiasts to help our urban forests thrive. Projects include local tree walks, tree stewardship projects, and more.
- Green Seattle Partnership: This partnership brings together the City of Seattle, Forterra, community groups, nonprofits, businesses, schools, and thousands of volunteers to maintain forests in our area. Check out their events calendar for ways to get involved!
- Trails Program: Seattle’s Trails Program works with local volunteers to maintain trails throughout the city’s parks.
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