The Park People
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Apply for Trees!

Over the past 38 years, the Denver Digs Trees program has provided more than 60,000 free and low-cost trees to Denver residents, helping to enhance quality of life in our city. Trees beautify our neighborhoods, cool our community, improve air and water quality, lower utility costs, and much more!





Generously Supported by Our Partners & Sponsors:


Denver Digs Trees Applications are now closed for 2022. 

Click here to sign up for a Denver Digs Trees 2023 Application Reminder. 

 Click Here to apply for a street tree through Denver's Be A Smart Ash program.

Haga clic aquí para registrarse para un recordatorio de solicitud de Denver Digs Trees 2023.

Save Haga clic aquí para solicitar un árbol de la calle a través del programa Be A Smart Ash de Denver.


Apply For Trees!

Important Info:

The Denver Digs Trees program is for planting addressses within the City and County of Denver only. 

Tree spacing and location matters. For spacing information, see spacing guidelines, below. For location, you will select between yard and street:

'Yard Trees' may be planted in front, back, or side yards. At a site without a tree lawn (the space between the sidewalk and the curb) these are trees planted 11 feet or more from the curb.  
'Street Trees' are for planting in the Public Right-of-Way. For sites without a tree lawn, these are trees planted within 11 feet of the curb.

The per-tree fee is based on the neighborhood in which the tree will be planted.  'Focus neighborhoods' receive trees for especially low fees due to several factors, including particularly low tree cover.  Click this link for a list of Focus neighborhoods.  Visit or call 311 to find your official neighborhood name.  On average, it costs The Park People $150 to provide a tree.  Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to subsidize much of this expense.

    Standard Fee: $35 per tree

    Focus Neighborhood Fee:  $10 per tree

   'Treeship' Fee Waiver:  Applicants facing financial hardship may apply to receive all trees FREE

3 Steps to Apply:

STEP 1: Measure Your Property & Have Utilities Marked

Carefully follow these important spacing requirements to determine the appropriate number and placement of tree(s).

 -  Plant at least 5 feet away from buried utility lines (REQUIRED before digging: locate your underground utilities  (or call 1-800-922-1987) this is a FREE service)
 -  Plant at least 10 feet away from existing dead, dying, or over-mature trees that will be removed within three years
 -  Plant medium or large shade tree(s) at least 35 feet away from other large trees (trees 30 feet or taller at maturity) and at least 25 feet away from small ornamental trees (trees 25 feet or shorter at maturity)
 -  If your or a neighbor's property has solar panels, contact our office
 -  Plant at least 20 feet away from overhead multi-strand power lines (this does NOT apply to single strand wires, such as street light and telephone wires)
 -  Plant at least 15 feet away from your home and other buildings
 -  Plant on the east or west side of your home to maximize shade cover and energy savings (Note: South side plantings are not recommended for saving home energy in most cases because winter shading blocks passive solar heating and may limit the potential for solar energy benefits)
 -  Assess other potential obstructions for the tree's mature height and spread
 -  Small trees (25 feet or shorter at maturity) will ONLY BE APPROVED for planting sites that DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE ROOM FOR MEDIUM/LARGE TREES.
 -  Small trees are reserved for planting sites under multi-strand overhead power lines, or without space to plant at least 15 feet from buildings and at least 35 feet from other trees
 - Plant small trees at least 30 feet from streetlights, stop signs, and intersections.
 - Plant small trees at least 25 feet from other trees.
 - Other applicable spacing requirements above must be strictly followed.

STEP 2: Select the Tree(s) You Would Like to Request

Right Tree, Right Place - Read the tree descriptions carefully and contact The Park People with any specific tree questions

*When selecting your tree(s), consider the mature size of the tree and water and sun requirements.

STEP 3: Check Your Email 

Tree Distribution April 23, 2022

In mid-April, you'll receive an email with the status of your application: approved tree(s), denied tree(s), and waitlisted tree(s). For tree(s) you've been approved for, this email will contain details of when and where to pick up, along with a required tree voucher. There will be two tree distribution site locations this year, please carefully review your confirmation email for details. 

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, including information about applying for trees, the size and transport of trees, planting and care, and more.

Preview the 2022 Tree Species. 

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