August 22nd, 2014 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor
From our friends at Seattle reLeaf:
Does this hot, sunny weather have you wishing your street had more tree canopy? The City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, residents have planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets through the program. Through Trees for Neighborhoods, participants receive up to four free trees, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, and training on tree planting and care.
Plant a future neighborhood landmark—apply for a white oak, silver linden, tulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip! Imagine the awe-inspiring beauty a street tree could someday provide your neighborhood. All of these trees require at least a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. Ready for a tree? Don’t delay—the application for street trees closes Wednesday, August 27th! Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.
To apply for a street tree visit www.seattle.gov/trees. If you have questions, email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-3979.
Tulip Tree Flower
Black Tupelo Leaf
August 13th, 2013 by UWBG Arborist, Chris Watson
Black Pine (Pinus nigra)
Washington is known as the “Evergreen State” thanks to our vast conifer forests. However, large conifers often get overlooked when selecting trees for urban areas. Conifers such as pine, spruce or fir provide many year round benefits to the urban home or garden.
The evergreen canopy offers cover for birds and other wildlife. When planted strategically, conifers can reduce energy costs by shading homes in the summer and blocking wind in the winter. The expansive root systems of conifers can help to stabilize slopes and reduce erosion. The canopy of evergreen needles can filter air pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff. Also, because of their unique form, large conifers will store more carbon and create more oxygen over a smaller area than trees with broad canopies. Because conifers maximize these benefits all year, these large trees can be an excellent and sustainable choice if your site has the appropriate space. In addition to these ecosystem services, conifers often become beloved neighborhood icons as they mature.
If you have room in your yard for planting a large conifer and live in Seattle, there are free trees available through Seattle reLeaf’s Trees for Neighborhoods Program. Learn more and apply for your tree here: http://www.seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm.
Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis)