Over the past 30+ years, the Denver digs trees program has provided more than 51,000 trees to Denver residents, helping to enhance quality of life in our city.
Trees beautify our neighborhoods, enhance property values, lower utility costs, improve air and water quality, and much more!
For each tree you request, you MUST identify whether it is a ‘Street Tree’ or a “Yard Tree.’ 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 within 10 feet of 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.
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).
For Both Street and Yard Trees:
- Plant at least 5 feet away from buried utility lines (REQUIRED: Call 1-800-922-1987 to have your underground utilities marked – 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
For Street Trees:
- Plant at least 10 feet away from driveways, alleys, and fire hydrants
- Plant at least 30 feet away from the curb at an intersection
- Plant at least 20 feet away from streetlights and stop signs
For Yard Trees:
- 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 (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
For Small Ornamental Trees:
- 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 feetfrom 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: Submit a Tree Application
Deadline: Fri. February 15* – Apply early for best selection!
*Or until species sell out. Availability is limited. Please note: the sooner we receive your application and payment, the better chance you’ll have of getting your first choice of tree(s).
STEP 3: Pick Up Your Tree(s) on Distribution Day
Tree Distribution Day: Sat. April 27 – Mark your calendar!
In early April, you’ll receive a letter to confirm which tree(s) you’ve been approved for and where to pick up your tree(s) between 8:00-10:30am.
Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, including information about applying for trees, the size and transport of trees, planting and care, and more.
Ready to apply or find out more? Click here.
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