Saturday, April 20, 2019

Denver Digs Trees

The Denver Digs Trees program helps residents to cultivate greener, healthier, more vibrant communities.  This unique program provides Denver residents with free and low-cost trees for planting on both private and public property.  We offer a variety of species carefully selected for Colorado's climate and the urban environment.  

Over the past ~30 years, this special program has provided more than 51,000 trees to Denver residents, helping to enhance quality of life in our community.  Trees shade and cool our homes, lower utility costs, beautify our neighborhoods, enhance property value, improve air and water quality, and much more!

ATTENTION: 

The 2019 application deadline has passed (Feb 15).

But wait, there's good news...

 

We will also be hosting our annual Arbor Day Tree Sale on April 27th.  At the sale, you can shop a variety of beautiful fruiting, flowering, and shade trees at highly discounted prices.  These trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Non-Denver residents are welcome.  The sale will be from noon to 2pm at both Sloan’s Lake and City Park.   (Please note: for planting on private property only)

Click here for Arbor Day Tree Sale

 

Denver Digs Trees applications are usually available around the beginning of January each year.  If you'd like to be one of the first to know,  you can sign up for a courtesy reminder.  We'd be happy to 'keep you in the loop!'

Click here for Denver Digs Trees 2020 Reminder

Basics of the Program

Denver Digs Trees focuses on providing medium and large sized shade trees for planting within the City of Denver.

ALL Denver residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply.

For each tree you request, you MUST identify whether it is a 'Street Tree' or a 'Yard Tree' (more details below). You may apply for 'Street Trees,' 'Yard Trees,' or both!

  • 'Street Trees' are for planting along the street (in the public right-of-way). These trees may be planted either in the 'tree lawn' (area between the sidewalk and the curb) or, in the absence of a tree lawn, at a distance of 10 feet from the curb. In many cases, the public right-of-way extends into your yard!
  • 'Yard Trees' are for planting in your yard (on private property). These trees may be planted in front, back, or side yards. At a site without a 'tree lawn' these are any trees planted 11 feet or more from the curb.

In order to support the health and survival of your tree, please follow these TREE SPACING REQUIREMENTS very carefully!

Not sure how to care for your tree? We provide free planting and care guides, as well as offer free planting and care workshops to all tree recipients.

All trees planted through Denver Digs Trees support the Be A Smart Ash campaign/effort to proactively plant our city forest in the face of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest that threatens to kill 330,000 ash trees in Denver - that's 1 in 6 trees in our community!

Find answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, including information about applying for trees, the size and transport of trees, planting and care, and more.

Tree Fees

On average, each tree costs The Park People $150 to provide. However, our generous sponsors help to subsidize much of this expense so you pay less for your tree!  The bottom line: we're thrilled to be able to offer these trees to you at a very discounted price.

All 'Street Trees' are FREE OF CHARGE in 2019!

Free and low-cost 'Yard Trees' are also available.  The per tree fee is based upon the neighborhood in which the tree will be planted.

Standard 'Yard Tree' Fee: $35 per tree

Target Neighborhood 'Yard Tree' Fee:  $10 per tree**

Applicants facing financial hardship may request a 'Treeship' to receive free 'Yard Trees'

 

**  Lower tree-canopy 'Target' neighborhoods are:  Athmar Park, Auraria, Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chaffee Park, Clayton, Cole, College View/South Platte, East Colfax, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Mar Lee, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Overland, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood, and Whittier.  Click here to FIND OUT WHICH NEIGHBORHOOD YOU LIVE IN

Resources

Planting Instructions                       Tree Care Guidelines                      Frequently Asked Questions

 

Yard Trees

  • For planting in your yard (on private property)

These trees may be planted in front, back, or side yards. At a site without a 'tree lawn' these are any trees planted 11 feet or more from the curb.

Yard trees can shade and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool your home, which results in lower energy bills and less carbon released into the atmosphere. These trees also enhance property values, buffer noise, and provide shelter for birds and other wildlife.

Street Trees

  • For planting along the street (in the public right-of-way)

These trees may be planted either in the 'tree lawn' (area between the sidewalk and the curb) or, in the absence of a tree lawn, at a distance of 10 feet from the curb. **Did you know? In many cases, the public right-of-way extends into your yard!

Street trees beautify our neighborhoods and improve our quality of life, including traffic calming, decreased crime, improved air and water quality, and enhanced property values.



 

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